We’ve been fighting for women’s safety for 10 years and I don’t think anything has changed,” said Asha Devi, 55, years after losing her daughter in the attacks that shook the country.
Ten years ago, on December 16, 2012, her daughter, a 23-year-old physiotherapy student, was brutally raped by six men while traveling in a charter bus in Delhi and Died a day later.
Since then, Devi has not only pressed for the punishment of the defendants in this case, but has also campaigned for the safety of victims and women in general in other cases.
On Friday, December 16th, she had a quiet day at her home. Time has passed, and today it’s been 10 years since that day. But we will never be the family we used to be, scars remain. Every time there is a new assault on a girl, we feel the trauma again,” she said.
When the attacks sparked protests in Delhi and other parts of the country, Devi said she saw hope for lasting and far-reaching social change.
After the incident, the whole country, the whole world united for the safety of women. People took to the streets, TV stations talked about it, and promises were made. So we really thought things would get better. We got justice for our attackers (my daughter), they were hanged. But there are many other unpunished, unspoken cases. The situation is very bad and the girls are nowhere safe. All changes are on paper,” she said.
I couldn’t change the mindset that the girls are not playthings and objectification of the female should be stopped.
(Source: Indian express)