Sexual abuse survivor’s march into the city

Hyderabad: Nafisa (name changed) is a 21-year-old born in poor Dalit family from Betul village of MP.

She was trafficked in the name of marriage, locked in a room, beaten up and also raped for 6 months, later rescued by an NGO.

According to a report published in TOI, around 5,000 survivors of sexual violence, who have been sexually exploited from across the country, embarked on a 10,000 km Dignity March from Mumbai, reached Hyderabad on Saturday.
The march covers 200 districts across 24 states/union territories in the country.

Organized by Rashtriya Garima Abhiyan (RGA), the march will create a network of survivors and ensure their participation in policy-making and implementation of laws and guidelines for crimes related to sexual violence.

RGA’s convenor Asif Sheik said, “The main aim of the march is to put a stop on shaming and stigmatization of sexual violence and rape survivors.”

Speaking about the march, Nafisa said: “All I want is some support for all the survivors and freedom to go to school, work and live with dignity.” Following its exhaustive journey through India, the march will eventually culminate in New Delhi on February 22.