The reason The 50 Million Missing Campaign decided to make the post which I’ve re-blogged below is because we realized that the issue of escalating and systemic violence on girls in India is often getting trivialized in how the public, government and organizations are responding to it. ‘Educate them’ has become the automated, unthinking response to increased violence, indeed sexual violence on girls in India. It is almost a refusal to look at the reality of the SYSTEM and its participation in this systemic violence, because even as we say ‘educate them’ we fail to acknowledge that schools themselves, teachers, administrators, school bus drivers, etc are a part of the predatory network.
Where is a girl safe in India today? Not in her home, not on the streets, and not in the schools. For those who say, that this won’t change overnight, I say it’s an opinion that only the ‘unaffected’ can afford to offer, and therefore it is unconscionable! If your daughter was gang raped in school or on the school bus or walking to school, and the administration and police looked away, would you sit back and say “It won’t change overnight. We have to educate society and change its mindset?” No you would not! You will demand immediate safety and justice for your child! So why do we get so tolerant and accommodating in our attitude to the safety of girls when it is not one of our own children who is victimized? Why aren’t girl child organizations campaigns and NGOs, — speaking for the victims and their families instead of mindlessly preaching ‘educate them?’ Perhaps because those of us who recommend ‘education’ and ‘changing mindsets’ as the solution, are not just not among the directly affected people, but also who for some reason believe they won’t be?
What will stop the rapes and violence on girls in India? Ask those who have been DIRECTLY IMPACTED. And then become THEIR VOICE FOR CHANGE!
Prime Minister Modi recently told a nationwide gathering of students, that he intends to make the education of girls a priority for India. He said his government has put into place many measures to ensure education for all girls, such as building toilets for girls. There are states in India where half the schools don’t have toilets, and this issue certainly needs attention.
However, The 50 Million Missing Campaign believes that one of the most critical issues that needs to be urgently addressed, is the escalation of incidents of rape and violence on girls while they are in school or while they are on their way to or going home from school.
Schools are now increasingly seen as unsafe places for girls in India. This is one of the major reasons many families in rural and slum areas are unwilling to send their girls to school, and often…
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