I salute the spirit of the Mumbai rape survivor
Timely relief, rehabilitation will help rape survivors overcome trauma
Friends, adversity brings out either the best or the worst in people. In the case of the #MumbaiGangRape survivor, she did not allow her circumstances to get the better of her; on the contrary, she chose to walk out of the hospital with her head held high. Not with her face covered. Not in the darkness of the night. And why not? I understand from reading the papers that it was a tough decision to make forher. Understandably so. Questions such as whether she should conceal heridentity or walk out of the hospital like any other patient would have been discussed. Then there was the fear of unwanted media attention … persistent queries … and privacy … but in the end she decided to walk out of the hospital like any other patient would! And she is eager to resume her work. ‘I want to join duty as early as possible,’ she is reported as having told Nirmala Samant Prabhawalkar, a member of the National Commission for Women who met her in the hospital.
I salute her.
Friends, I have always maintained that a rape survivor has nothing to be ashamed of. She must not be made to feel guilty. On the contrary, it is the accused who needs to be shamed and punished. A rape survivor needs all the support that we can give her. Relief and rehabilitation should be available to her so that she can recover from the trauma with her dignity intact. This aspect has been reinforced by the Supreme Court as recently as 26 August when it heard a petition filed by the father of a #Haryana girl who was gangraped in 2012 and whose mother was killed for not withdrawing the complaint. The apex court directed the state governments for the relief and rehabilitation of rape survivors, noting that relief and rehabilitation must take care of the education of the rape survivors and their accommodation; and compensation and protection of survivors and witnesses.
My team at the #KDSinghFoundation is engaged in the rehabilitation of rape survivors in Haryana and beyond. I am happy to report to you that my Foundation has adopted over 80 rape survivors in Haryana so far and is providing them with all possible assistance, including, but not limited to, legal and medical support. It is my endeavour to reach out to as many rape survivors as I can so that they do not feel helpless or uncared for.
It is heartening to read about another rape survivor who did not allow her spirit to die. This girl from a village in #Haryana was gangraped last year. Subsequently she lost her father who committed suicide. Today, she is studying to be a graduate. She wants to become a lawyer and help the families of rape survivors in their fight for justice.
As always, I encourage more and more people to #ReportARape at my Foundation’s toll-free help line number 1800-200-2056.