A 16 YO girl in Chanho village of Ranchi district of Jharkhand is living a life that’s common to, if not all, majority of rape victims in India. No matter which section of the society we’re a part of, we can’t deny the stigma that’s still associated with ‘rape’, a stigma that ends up influencing the victim’s, and only the victim’s life adversely.

The victim in context was raped by a group of five minors back in 2013 at the age of 13, as a result of which she gave birth to a baby girl in 2014 when she was just 14 YO.

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She’s an orphan and lives with her sister and her in-laws. But miseries don’t end for her and judiciary fails her time and again. All her culprits are roaming free on roads since, of course they’re ‘minors’ no matter what offence they’ve committed. She’s receiving threats from them too.

Government doesn’t bat an eye an hence, she’s not receiving any compensation or monetary assistance, as stated by her kin. Society makes sure her life becomes hell. They’ve not just ostracised her but have also boycotted her whole family. Villagers wash hand-pumps after she draws water and don’t buy things from a shop run by her family.

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Sadly, this isn’t just the fate of one. There are several educated eyes blinded with the orthodoxy that treat rape as some sin and the victim as a sinner. But the rapist, who are ‘men’ eventually get back to the mainstream. Thanks to patriarchy!

Nobody chooses to be raped, not even in her worst nightmares. This is an accident, a ghastly crime committed to her. She needs our support and those monsters need to put behind the bars. The tiny life who’s born out of a crime deserves an offense like everyone else. As humans, we must stand by the mother, who’s still a child and her child.

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