Sex­ual vi­o­lence sur­vivors’ dig­nity march reaches Jaipur

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - Rajasthan - HT Cor­re­spon­dent [email protected]

CAM­PAIGN The march is plat­form for sur­vivors to narrate their or­deal in own voice

JAIPUR: In a bid to spread aware­ness about the sex­ual vi­o­lence sur­vivors’ right to lead a dig­ni­fied life, the Dig­nity march that started on De­cem­ber 20, 2018 reached Jaipur on Sun­day.

At a press con­fer­ence on Sun­day, Ashif Shaikh from Rashtriya Garima Ab­hiyan said that un­like the march where only people con­cerned come to­gether, Dig­nity march com­prises sex­ual vi­o­lence sur­vivors car­ry­ing out march. Shaikh, who is also con­venor of the dig­nity march said “It is a plat­form for the sur­vivors to narrate their sto­ries in their own voice. It is a call to end the cul­ture of shame and de­mand zero tol­er­ance for sex­ual vi­o­lence in our so­ci­ety.” The march was kicked off in Mum­bai and presently has trav­elled across 14 states.

Sahikh said that the march is set to be held in four parts in Jaipur where the sur­vivors marched with the people from ‘Nat’ com­mu­nity against forced pros­ti­tu­tion. “The sec­ond phase is meet­ings with sev­eral lawyers that is be­ing held in or­der to find out a so­lu­tion to the le­gal strug­gles of the vic­tim. The third is the press con­fer­ence af­ter which the sur­vivors will march to vil­lage ‘Bha­teri’ which is Bhan­wari Devi’s vil­lage,” said Shaikh.

“Ac­cord­ing to Na­tional fam­ily health sur­vey (2015-16), one out of four of women be­tween age group 14-59 face spousal vi­o­lence in Ra­jasthan. As per the lat­est Na­tional Crime Record Bureau 2016, of the to­tal 15,379 vic­tims traf­ficked in In­dia, 58.7% were chil­dren. Most of these chil­dren are traf­ficked for sex work (or Com­mer­cial Sex­ual Ex­ploita­tion). Num­ber of crime cases 2012 2016 Against women Against chil­dren To­tal cases of crime for the trial (Fig­ures for 2016) Con­vic­tion rate Pen­dency rate ac­counts for rape, out of to­tal crimes

Ac­cord­ing to Na­tional fam­ily health sur­vey (2015-16), 1/4 of women be­tween age group 14-59 face spousal vi­o­lence in Ra­jasthan.

Source: NCRB

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