One of latest gruesome story coming out of India is that of a twelve year old girl who was gang raped by an uncle and two of her brothers. According to reports she was taken to her uncle’s house where the rape occured. When she threatened to go to the police, she was reportedly strangled. She was then beheaded and her body was dumped in bushes. The uncle and one of her brothers have since been arrested.
The fact that a child was treated in this manner is mind boggling. To know that the people who perpetrated the act is her own family makes it even more despicable. When, if ever, will the abuse of women and the culture of rape in India stop. One has to wonder if the government is doing enough to protect women and girls. India has a terrible record of sex abuse against minors with over 36, 000 cases reported in 2016.
We are living in modern times where we do not expect certain things to happen but today as we speak we have millions of women and girls who have been forced into the sex slave industry. At present it is one of the fastest growing industry globally. Young girls are at risk, vulnerable young women are at risk.
I urge women to talk to their teenage daughters about the threat of sex slavery. Young women I want you to be aware that you need to be careful about those with whom you associate because it could be that very person who befriend you who is paving the way for you to become a sex slave. Knowledge is key so be aware that the evil of sex slavery is on the rise.
The most powerful weapon a woman has is her voice to speak out against injustice, disrespect and abuse of women. Only by speaking out can we create positive change.