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12-year-old's rape: Swaraj India holds protest at Jantar Mantar
Swaraj India supporters held a protest at Jantar Mantar against the inhuman rape and brutal murder of a 12-year-old girl of Bihar.

A peace march was held at the Nirbhaya Sthal where they also paid their tributes to Nancy.

The incident that had taken place on December 16, Delhi, when a girl was brutally gang-raped in a moving bus had shaken the conscience of the entire country. And day by day, such incidents have been on the rise.

The people of Delhi had protested for days together despite the severe cold and had even braced lathi-charges and water cannons of the police. Those protests had resulted in sexual harassment and rape laws in India being strengthened. The protests also received widespread support from the media which had generated a hope among people that such heinous crimes will not occur anymore. But this hope was not fulfilled. Unfortunately, with the rising awareness of sexual harassment, the incidents of sexual harassment are on the rise as well.

Often, incidents of sexual harassment and rape occurring in rural areas and small towns are not reported and even escape the official figures. In most cases, the victim hesitates from reporting the crime because of the fear of shame, and the social pressure against reporting such crimes adds to lower reporting of such crimes. In such cases, often the victim is blamed for the crime.

In the last few days, two such cases have come to light that should shake the conscience of the entire society. The cases have also shown how difficult it is to expose the criminal if he belongs to an influential section of the society.

Sexual harassment arises from an attempt to demonstrate a false kind of superiority be that physical, economic or social. It is an attempt to deny the existence of another.

Those who believe that women wear Western clothes and invite sexual harassment should see the fact that most women who are victims of rape in India wear traditional clothes. Sexual assaults are concerned with power exchanges, not clothing.

Incidents like the heinous rape that had taken place in Rohtak in which the victim was raped and beaten to death by an axe or the incident in Sonipat in which a small girl was being raped for days together are heartbreaking.

Nancy, a 12-year-old girl of Madhubani district of Naini was brutally raped and later killed with her body being burnt by acid.

Swaraj India along with the NGO 'Cognition Foundation' and 'Asmita Theatre' group held a protest against the failure of the government to prevent such heinous crimes.

A signature campaign, 'India Against Rape' was also launched. Members of Asmita Theatre also presented a nukkad natak highlighting the menace of rape that has been growing in our society.

In protest, a candle march was also held from Jantar Mantar to India Gate. People from states such as Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, West Bengal, and Rajasthan participated in the protest.

Swaraj India is committed to ensure that Nancy's family is given justice and pledges to stand with them in their fight for justice.

"If the government does not take any action against the culprits, people have a duty to pressurise the government to ensure that Nancy's family gets justice", said Prashant Tiwari who had come to participate in the protest from Allahabad.

Rajneesh Shukla, a civil service aspirant said "Such crimes are a big failure of our social structure and law & order of this country and we will continue to fight against such crimes till we get justice," Secretary of Anubhuti Foundation, Vishnu Vaishwik said.

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