Nancy B. Varghese
What comes to your mind when I say the word rape?
“I was 5 years old when I first saw my uncle naked, and he made me take my clothes off in the confines of my pretty pink-walled bedroom. I am 35 years old now and I still remember the pain. That’s what a rape is. Not my clothes, or my vagina. Rape is a power and a pain that doesn’t go away. That’s what comes to mind when I hear ‘rape’” - the account of a victim who was first sexually molested when she was a child.
The instances of rape have always been undisputably scary, but numbers and statistics making cold statements about the incidents are desensitizing us, by the day, to the gravity of these attacks.
The Rape India Project is a crowd-sourced platform that posts pictures of places where rape incidents have taken place in India, and they are downright chilling. These cases are gut-wrenching and sickening, but the awareness and importance of women’s safety are painfully important at times like these in our society.
Some of these instances have occurred to children within four walls of their classrooms, to women in cars in the comfort of their trusted partners, and even in university campuses in spite of being accompanied by their friends who have been mercilessly beaten up for protecting them. In a day and age where we are making light-year advancements in technology and brimming with pride about our achievements in the human race, why are we still moving backward when it comes to protecting women in our society?
Scene 22: A 2nd year history department student of Jadavpur university was dragged into the men's hostel on campus and molested and her male friend was beaten up on Aug 28th 2014, Kolkata. A complaint was filed by the girls family on 2nd September 2014 and an Internal Complaints Committee was set up by the University in accordance the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace 2013 to investigate the matter. Two committee members visited the girls home on September 5th 2014, they refused to identify themselves and asked questions about her dress on the night of the incident. This led the girl to file a complaint for Mental harassment with the Bidhannagar police in which she identified the professors of the University. A number of students then staged demonstrations demanding the accused ICC members be replaced. They also demanded to add 2 external members to the committee and increased security for students on campus. The police were called and it's students were lathicharged . The photos are taken as part of the @rapeinindiaproject. Please follow @therapeinindiaproject and get involved by posting photos of the site's close to you using #therapeinindiaproject along with a link or other information about the crime. More info: www.therapeinindiaproject.org #humanrights #socialchange #violenceagainstwomen #photojounalism #sexualassault #therapeinindiaproject #rapeinindia
Scene 25: #Repost @sujatroghosh ・・・ Raipur: A 22-year-old girl was allegedly raped by her boyfriend in his car on Monday evening (7/09/2015). http://mdaily.bhaskar.com/news-ttf/referer/4444/NAT-TOP-when-boyfriend-raped-his-girfriend-5107410-NOR.html?referrer_url= @therapeinindiaproject #rape #therapeinindiaproject #rapeinindia #rapeculture #ig #igers #igasia #instagram #raipur #chhattisgarh #india
Scene 28: July 2nd a child studying in the first grade was punished with 'isolation' in another room of the same school, during which two men, at least one among them reportedly being a teacher in the same school, allegedly sexually abused her. The traumatised child was unable to report the incident to her parents initially. It was only a few days later, when she complained of physical pain and was medically examined, that the incident came to light. The patents lodged an FIR with the police on July 9 th in which they recorded that their daughter had been abused by an Sports and Performing Arts teacher and another unidentified man. @fpicturesq my picture of India's scenes of rapes as a contribution to@therapeinindiaproject. Follow#rapeinindiaproject and get involved by posting pictures of sites close to you using#therapeinindiaproject #rapeinindia along with a link or other information about the crime. More info: http:/rapeinindia.wordpress.com/#humanrights #documentary#photojournalism #sexualassault#violenceagainstwomen #fpicturesq#reportagespotlight #therapeinindiaproject#asia
Scene 24: Repost from @fpicturesq ... A seven year old child allegedly raped inside Delhi Public School Whitefield two years ago by a man who worked as a plumber in the school.while the accused was released on bail within few months of his arrest, the traumatised girl could not attend school for nearly 6 months after the incident. The mother of the child is now trying her best to help her daughter recover. There is not much information about this incident, normally school authorities never help because their main focus was to save the image of the school.So the question is if a daughter is not safe in the school where else she will b safe ? Safety is important in school . My picture of India's scenes of rapes as a contribution to@therapeinindiaproject. Follow#rapeinindiaproject and get involved by posting pictures of sites close to you using#therapeinindiaproject #rapeinindia along with a link or other information about the crime. More info: www.therapeinindiaproject.org #humanrights #documentary#photojournalism #sexualassault#violenceagainstwomen #fpicturesq#reportagespotlight #therapeinindiaproject #asia
Scene 29: In Sept 2012, an 18month old baby was raped on Royd street. She was found the next morning covered in blood by her mother who is a street dweller. The child was admitted in a private hospital in a critical condition. Her mother later lodged a complaint at the Park street police station. The photos are taken as part of the @therapeinindiaproject Please follow @therapeinindiaproject and get involved by posting photos of sites close to you using #therapeinindiaproject along with a link or other information about the crime. More info at : http://rapeinindiaproject.wordpress.com. #humanrights #violenceagainstwomen #socialchange #photojournalism
You can contribute to the project by finding information about incidents in your locality and submit pictures of places with instructions on how to send them on their official page.
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