At a time when the whole nation is demanding better security for women and girls, the case of Meghalaya gang-rape survivor showcases that victims are further victimised in our insensitive society.
Almost a week back, both Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha passed anti-rape bill, in the wake of brutal Delhi gang-rape and murder. Now, the question is will the bill be of any help to women? The victim told media persons that two schools in Tura town in Meghalaya have refused admission to the 18-year-old gang-rape survivor.
The girl was gang-raped in a lane at Williamnagar in Garo Hills on the night of December 13, 2012.
All the accused are arrested. Eight of them are in juvenile custody and eight in jail. The trial of the case has also started.
"I was coming back from the winter festival with two other friends. A group of boys chased us. I ran and fell down. They hit me with a stone. I fell down and then they tore my clothes and raped me. I recognized two boys," the survivor narrated her trauma.
"It is a shame that boys from our community did this. My daughter should get justice," said the survivor's mother.
"People are less bothered. They don't feel angry it seems. We came for a public protest. But nobody came out. We even called them with a microphone. Nobody came out," said Jaynie Ninring, an activist.
The case highlights the plight of women and girls in Indian society. Meghalaya is a matrilineal society, but plight of women is no different.