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Young Indian Woman Takes Fight against Sexual Violence Online

NEW DELHI – An Indian young woman has decided to fight sexual violence in her country through establishing an internet blog that will educate victims about abuse, she discussed with Efe.

A current law student with a background in psychology and political science, 24-year-old Trisha Shetty decided to create her website after she was surprised by Google results providing all kinds of information about restaurants and leisure activities, but not what to do when faced with sexual assault.

“The lack of information should not stop you when it is the time to act... It is surprising that internet provides answers to almost everything but not for this,” announced Trisha, founder and director of the shesays.in portal.

The website will be launched by May, and it is already generating buzz in India.

Shetty believes empowering people with information makes a person less dependent and more confident.

The portal will provide information regarding laws and relevant articles of the penal code, data from police stations, the how-to in filing a complaint, and a list of hospitals and lawyers, all of which victims may find useful in traumatic times.

“It’s a way to fight within the system, using the system for your advantage,” Shetty explained, who also argued that “demonstrations draw attention but do not lead to anything constructive.”

Incidents of sexual violence in India are echoed every day by the media as awareness peaked following the gang rape and murder of a college student in New Delhi on Dec. 16, 2012.

The crime generated mass protests and prompted unprecedented national discourse about sexual violence against women, and even propelled the government to toughen laws against sex offenders.

As a result, data reflects that the number of charges being brought against perpetrators have been on the rise.

Still, several activists consider that the vast majority of sexual assault victims do not report their cases to the police in fear of social stigma.

Shetty does not identify herself as a feminist, but as a pragmatic person who has capitalized on social networks such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube to raise awareness about crimes of sexual violence.

 

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