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It is such an unfortunate fact that sexual violence against women has reached an all-time high in a country where a woman was once worshipped as a goddess. India stands at the top of the disgraceful position of being the global leader in mistreating its own women. The mind-numbing rape incidences in the recent past have put a big question mark against the very moral foundations of the birthplace of the Vedas, Upanishads and The Bhagvat Geeta. What went wrong in the course of just a few years that led to the current rise in sexual assaults against women in...

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Do you know that one in three women worldwide has gone through some form of physical or sexual abuse at least once in their lifetime? That is huge! It is almost a third of the entire population of women worldwide. And obviously, this does not include the untold stories of millions who suffer in silence. Physical or sexual assaults on women range from less severe forms such as eve-teasing, passing sexual comments, making indecent remarks, etc. to severe offenses like physical abuse, acid-attack, rape and murder. There is no discrimination on the basis of caste, religion, age, etc. when it...

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“Woman, fight back. Make him learn why you will be the one he won’t be able to forget. Turn the tables around, make the ground shake. Woman, fight back. If you ever feel like you can’t breathe anymore when there aren’t even hands around your throat, leave before they even start to approach. Woman, fight back. Make him learn what happens when he ignores the word ‘no’.” These were the words of Michelle Manese. Her poem ‘Woman, fight back.’ popped as a suggestion on YouTube a year back, and ever since that day the poem has struck a powerful chord...

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Whether it is a 23-year old Nirbhaya or an eight-year old Asifa, no girl in India can be claimed to be safe. Attacks on women have become common for reasons ranging from revenge to absolutely no reason at all. The most common forms of attack on females are rape, molestation, kidnapping, murder, acid attacks, assault and more importantly, eve teasing, which every girl in this country has faced sometime or the other, generally in public places. Most recently, gender violence has increased to a significant number. However, even today, most rapes go largely unreported because the victims fear retaliation through...

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According to the National Family and Health Survey (NFHS), in the year 2015-16, approximately 6% of women in India, between 15 to 49 years, have experienced sexual violence at least once. You might not be one of them yet, but attackers do not come with the signboard! The above statistics are only limited to sexual violence, however, in numerous assaults going on around the world and a woman has experienced at least one of them in her lifetime. Silence is no longer an option for women. Fighting against the wrong, even alone, is much superior to the state of terror....

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