I am Nirbhaya

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I am Nirbhaya

A year ago tens of thousands came out in protest on the streets in India. Angry, hurt and exhausted that it had happened again, another girl had lost her life to a sexual assault of the most brutal kind. The collective Indian memory remembers her as Nirbhaya, the fearless one—perhaps for the legacy she left behind.

In many ways it was a turning point for India. It was millions of citizens saying that enough was enough. That this HAS to stop. But how? The numbers of cases of sexual assaults only seem to increase. Each day the news brings chilling reminders, and we consume it. Some seething with rage, some passively, because it hurts too much to pay attention.

It wasn’t the first rape nor will it be the last one that India will see. Statistics indicate that in India a woman is raped every 22 minutes. The conviction rate for rape stands at an abysmal 25%. Add to that the knowledge that most stories that do make it to the headlines come from urban areas and rarely do they touch upon the complex social hierarchies that govern the mentalities that justify rape.

The anger has diffused but not disappeared. We—women, men, feminists, activists and politicians— continue to ask questions and seek answers as to how we can end rape. The reality looks bleak. But the future is hopeful, if only because women across India are beginning to be heard, their desires to govern their own lives are being acknowledged. Everywhere there are thousands of Nirbhaya’s rising. These are some of their stories.

“Sexual violence is rampant because you think you can get away with it and that I will be too ashamed to report it. If I do speak up you think you can shut me up.”

(The MLA in this video was caught and then let off. The survivor is still waiting for justice and has now lost the support of her family)

 

“Intimidating me and family is a common tactic to ensure that I will not tell anyone. If I am a Dalit the intimidation is severe and will extend to my whole community.”

 

“Nirbhaya’s attackers were tried and convicted because of the public outrage. Let’s not forget, this was the only conviction of the 706 cases reported in Delhi in that year. Even when I, and my family, gather enough courage to file a report, the police will often refuse to register the offense.”

 

I often worry about my safety and the patriarchal rule is quick to clamp down on my mobility as a protective measure.”

 

“Often I am told that I was assaulted because of the way I carry myself. The way I walk, the way I talk. Often I am told that ‘I asked for it’. How do you explain when a 7 year old is preyed on? Did she ‘ask for it’?” 

(*Content may be disturbing)

 

Why am I told that to be raped is to lose my dignity? Why is it that I am the one to lose face after being raped? Why is it that no rapist is ever consumed by the shame of his act?”

 

“When I threaten the male ego, if I resist, if I have an independent mind, then your manhood wants to teach me a lesson. Rape is another weapon in your armory to wage your patriarchal war.”

 

“Rape will not stop until you stop thinking of my body as an object. It will not stop until you stop telling me what I should do and what I should think. It will not stop until you stop transacting me for a dowry. It will not stop until you think I should cook and clean for you just because you have married me. It will not stop until you stop making a list of do’s and don’ts for me. It will not stop until you consider me your equal. And equal not just notionally but equal in rights, in opportunities, in inheritance, in property and everything else you have kept as your privilege.”

I am Nirbhaya. I know no fear. And I will stop you from stopping me to live my life the way I want.”


18 Responses to I am Nirbhaya

  1. M.V.Mathew says:

    Dear Friends,
    It is shocking to hear that every 22 minites aaaaaaa GIRL IS RAPED.We have to Act wisely and find out a solution.Only we can find solution through Education,Awareness,support,promote and protect the women.
    We have to start it from our home.,we have to empower our Mother,sister,daughter.The dignity we have to give them.
    In the school curriculam,community every where we have to think this.
    EVERY WOMEN SHOULD LIVE AS NIRBHAYA>nocermathew(Ashokafellow)

  2. […] This video was released by Video Volunteers on December 16, 2013 to commemorate Nirbhaya, who died in the 2012 Delhi gang rape incident. The incident was the only conviction of 706 reported cases of rape in Delhi that year. Statistics indicate that in India a woman is still raped every 22 minutes. The conviction rate for rape stands at an abysmal 25%. […]

  3. […] This video was released by Video Volunteers on December 16, 2013 to commemorate Nirbhaya, who died in the 2012 Delhi gang rape incident. The incident was the only conviction of 706 reported cases of rape in Delhi that year. Statistics indicate that in India a woman is still raped every 22 minutes. The conviction rate for rape stands at an abysmal 25%. […]

  4. […] will not forget what happened today, one year ago” .  This video was released by Video Volunteers on December 16, 2013 to commemorate Nirbhaya, who died in the 2012 […]

  5. […] هذا الفيديو المؤسسة العالمية غير الحكومية متطوعو […]

  6. […] Questo video [en, come gli altri link] è stato pubblicato dalla ONG Video Volunteers il 16 Dicembre 2013, per commemorare Nirbhaya, morta nel 2012 a Delhi a causa di uno stupro di gruppo. L'evento ha rappresentato l'unica condanna su 706 casi di stupro avvenuti a Delhi quell'anno. Le statistiche indicano che in India tutt'oggi viene violentata una donna ogni 22 minuti. Il tasso di condanne per stupro si attesta intorno ad un pessimo 25%. […]

  7. […] Αυτό το βίντεο [en] κυκλοφόρησε από τον διεθνή ΜΚΟ Video Volunteers [en] στις 16 Δεκεμβρίου 2013 εις μνήμην της Nirbhaya, η οποία πέθανε το 2012 σε ένα περιστατικό ομαδικού βιασμού στο Δελχί [en]. Το περιστατικό αποτελεί τη μοναδική καταδίκη σε 706 υποθέσεις βιασμών που αναφέρθηκαν στο Δελχί τον περασμένο χρόνο. Τα στατιστικά δείχνουν ότι ακόμα στην Ινδία βιάζεται μια γυναίκα κάθε 22 λεπτά. Το ποσοστό καταδίκης για τους βιασμούς βρίσκεται στο αβυσσαλέο 25%. […]

  8. […] Dieses Video [en] wurde von Video Volunteers [en] am 16. Dezember 2013 in Erinnerung an Nirbhaya veröffentlicht, die nach der Massenvergewaltigung 2012 in Delhi starb. Es war der einzige von 706 gemeldeten Vergewaltigungsfällen in Delhi in jenem Jahr, der zu einer Verurteilung führte. Den Statistiken zufolge wird in Indien alle 22 Minuten eine Frau vergewaltigt. Die Anzahl der Verurteilungen beträgt miserable 25 %. […]

  9. […] Ова видео беше објавено од Video Volunteers на 16 декември, 2013 во спомен на Нирбхаја која загина во 2012 како жртва на Групното силување во Делхи. Овој инцидент беше единствениот кој беше осуден од 706те пријавени случаи на силување во Делхи таа година. Статистиките покажуваат дека во Индија на секои 22 минути една жена е силувана, а стапката на осуди за силување е 25%.    […]

  10. Ви благодариме за споменување. Дали сте се дискутира зошто силување и сексуално насилство продолжите? “Во вашиот тим? Ние би сакал да се слушне вашите ставови.

    На Здравје!

    Thank You for the mention. Have you discussed ‘ why rape and sexual violence continue? ‘ in your team? We would love to hear your views.

    Cheers!

  11. Σας ευχαριστούμε για την αναφορά. Έχετε συζητήσει «γιατί ο βιασμός και η σεξουαλική βία συνεχίσετε; «Στην ομάδα σας; Θα θέλαμε πολύ να ακούσω τις απόψεις σας.

    Cheers!

  12. Vielen Dank für die Erwähnung. Haben Sie diskutiert “warum Vergewaltigung und sexuelle Gewalt weiter? “In Ihrem Team? Wir würden uns freuen, Ihre Meinung zu hören.

    Cheers!

  13. Grazie per la menzione. Avete discusso ‘il motivo per cui lo stupro e la violenza sessuale continuano? ‘Nel vostro team? Ci piacerebbe sentire le vostre opinioni.

    Cheers!

  14. أشكرك على الذكر. هل ناقشت “لماذا الاغتصاب والعنف الجنسي المتابعة؟ ‘في فريقك؟ كنا نحب أن نسمع وجهات نظركم.

    هتاف!

  15. Thank You for sharing. Your support empowers us to push further.
    Cheers!

  16. Thank You for the mention. Have you discussed ‘ why rape and sexual violence continue? ‘ in your team? We would love to hear your views.

    Cheers!

  17. Thank you Abhay for your invaluable support !

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