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According to the National Crime Records Bureau data each year, about more than half of the total rape cases being heard remain pending. Some of the worst scenarios, like the ones in Unnao and Kathua, are ones where police are alleged to have bowed to pressure from people of influence to bury the case. There are also reports where powerful local politicians stall police investigations. (Data Source: NFHS 2015-2016 Jharkhand Fact Sheet)A study by Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation, reckoned that as of the end of 2016, the backlog of sex abuses cases in the courts would take two decades to clear. Unfortunately, it is only the high-profile cases that get so much attention and resources. The Nirbhaya case was not only well investigated but also resulted in speedy convictions only because it received so much media attention. And when a raped woman or child is also murdered, the case is taken more seriously. One sees a pattern, concern for the dead and condemnation for the living, in cases of violence against women. If only this kind of importance were given to every case of rape, we would see a higher rate of conviction, that too speedily. The #DignityMarch calls for 100% conviction in record time. Support our mission with a missed call on 7822001155. #ShameToSupport

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Expected Outcomes:

  • 1. Create an environment to end victim shaming in 24 states and 200 districts.
  • 2. More than 50,000 survivors of rape and sexual abuse feel motivated and confident to continue their fight to claim justice, relief and rehabilitation.
  • 3. Create a network of support and solidarity between victims, families, stakeholders.
  • 4. Public initiatives for justice and rehabilitation for survivors.
  • 5. Reform for a comprehensive socio-medico-legal relief and rehabilitation of Survivors’ in the policies.

Key strategies:

  • 1. Building a National Network of Survivors, family members and other stakeholders across 200 districts and 24 states/UTs and 200 districts across the country.
  • 2. Triggering Dialogue with the Socio-Medico-Legal support system, to enhance their capacity to deal with issues of rape and sexual violence.
  • 3. Policy Engagement at local, state and national level for effective implementation of protocols, improved budget allocation and developing and monitoring the system towards a comprehensive approach to address sexual violence against women and children.
  • 4. Public Engagement by getting the attention of media to do comprehensive reportage of issues related to rape and sexual violence.

Activities:

  • 1. Meetings with the survivors, their families and the larger community: To trigger conversations around rape, sexual violence, child sexual abuse, commercial sexual exploitation of children and trafficking meetings will be conducted with the survivors, their families and the larger community in 200 districts across the country.
  • 2. State-level stakeholders meetings: 24 state-level meetings will be held with different stakeholders to sensitize them on issue of rape and sexual violence. These will culminate in a set of recommendations for better implementation and monitoring of law and policies.
  • 3. Awareness and sensitization programmes: To be held in different locations with students, lawyers and medical professionals highlighting the challenges and gaps they face daily and dealing with issue of rape and sexual violence.
  • 4. Survivors’ Convention at the State-level: Convention of survivors will be organised to discuss patterns in cases related to violence against women and children and to provide immediate legal assistance and guidance.
  • 5. Resource material: Distribution of resource material targeted at different stakeholders to help deal with issue of violence against women and children. The aim is to spread awareness and equip different stakeholders with updated protocols, guidelines, government policies, law and schemes, toll free helpline numbers and short videos and posters talking about their roles and responsibility in dealing with case of rape and sexual violence.