Gone are the days when rape victims used to keep quiet and suffer in silence because of fear of being shamed by our ugly society.
Now, these traumatized survivors are fighting for themselves, fighting for their dignity, without fearing ‘log kya kahengey’.
And two such real heroes are Alwar gang-rape survivor and her husband.
The most horrible and the longest three hours of their life may haunt them for years, but this couple refuses to give up the fight for justice! And we believe every man and woman should stand by them in this fight.
This 20-year-old traumatized woman shared with TOI:
“I want that all the five men who raped me, videotaped me even when I pleaded with them not to and changed our lives forever in which I will have nightmares about, should be hanged. If there is any worse sentencing than that then it should be given to these five,”
But what will sadden you further is how horribly local police initially handled her complaint. As per Business Standard, despite registering FIR in the matter, police kept mum and did not take any action for four days because of elections on May 6.
Recalling how horrifically local police treated them, the husband of rape-victim shared with TOI:
“As soon as the video went viral, we went to the police station but were told that case cannot be registered because there was no staff. In fact, the police also said that on May 5 and 6, no work will be done in the matter because of election,”
While sharing the details of the horrific incident, the husband further added,
“Just 10 minutes after leaving my in-laws house, these five men started following us and stopped me to stop. They dragged us down the ravine and asked us to strip. When we resisted they started tearing off our clothes till we had to take them off. What followed was three hours of living hell. Initially we shouted for help but gave up soon realising that it was futile.”
Sadly, the threats and extortion calls continued even after the case was registered. The survivor shared:
“We did not report the matter initially because these men threatened to harm my parents and family. However, we realised that we needed to lodge a complaint so no one faces the same brutality that we did.”
Sharing their determination to seek justice, the supportive husband of the survivor shared:
“Now, I am not scared of anyone. We will continue the fight. Just getting them arrested is not the ultimate aim but it is to see them being given death sentence,”
While Rajasthan Police has arrested five accused for gang rape, they have also held the sixth for uploading the assault videos on social media.
We not only wish this couple gets swift justice, but also that others seek inspiration from them to come forward to support their wives, kids, sisters, and daughters against sexual abuse.
Because, if they won’t then who will. If not now, then when?