India’s #Dalit Women Fight Against Systematic, Caste Based #Sexual #Violence

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Manisha Mashaal

Manisha Mashaal was five years old when her schoolteacher first called her an “untouchable” in front of the rest of her class. Mashaal, now 27, said she faced harassment from students and teachers alike in her village of Badarpur because of her background. She said teachers threw her schoolbag out of class and refused to check her homework, while students sang rhymes taunting her and other Dalit children.

But as she grew up, the rhymes increasingly turned into threats of sexual violence. By the age of 16, she began attending Dalit-community solidarity meetings to examine how she could protect herself. For Dalit victims of sexual violence response from police officers is often “How can you have been raped? You’re a Dalit — touching you would make anyone spiritually impure.” A study by the National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights found that more than 50% of Dalit women had…

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Senior Indian Politician Decides Two Rapists Don’t Constitute #Gang #Rape

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Rape by two men is not gang-rape: Karnataka Home Minister KJ George

Oct 9, 2015,

The Home Minister of Karnataka said that he does not consider a rape as ‘gang-rape’ unless more than two people are involved. Mr. Kelachandra Joseph George made this remarks while replying to a media question about the sexual assault on a woman by two men in a tempo taxi in his state.

“How is it a gang-rape if two people rape? Shouldn’t there be at least three or four people for it to be called gang rape?,” the Karnataka Home Minister said in his reply.

The minister said that at least three to four people are required to be involved for it to be called a gang-rape.

http://zeenews.india.com/news/karnataka/rape-by-two-men-is-not-gang-rape-karnataka-home-minister-kj-george_1807887.html

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