The Long Wait for Justice for Women in India

Good things happen to those who wait – or so the saying goes. However, women and girls who are survivors of sexual violence in India can spend years waiting for justice.
In 2014, 13-year-old “Razia,” who lives in a village in Uttarakhand, in northern India, was raped by her brother’s 17-year-old tutor. Razia has an intellectual disability and difficulty speaking. With the support of the Latika Roy Foundation, an organization working with children and adults with disabilities, Razia and her family pursued justice via the courts – and won. Her attacker was sent to jail and, in January 2016, the court ordered Razia to be paid 200,000 rupees (US$3,100).

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