Men Arise!

According to national statistics, every 20 minutes in India, a woman is brutally attacked and raped.

According to the National Crime Records Bureau, over the last 18 years, rape cases in India have doubled.

There seems to be no signs of it slowing down either. Every day, newspapers across the country flash reports of women being kidnapped and raped. Young girls, being dragged away from public places and gang raped: three suspects, four suspects, more. A young girl brutally attacked on a public bus and gang raped, fights for life at a hospital for days only to succumb to the wounds and die shortly later.

Our disgust is only outdone by our shock that the government in India has done little to nothing, to protect these women.

According to a BBC report in February of 2013, more than 7,200 children are raped each year in India.

Underage victims who do report assaults are often subjected to mistreatment and humiliation from the police.

A landmark government survey in 2007 revealed that the vast majority of children in India are physically abused and that such occurrences are ″disturbingly common″. In January 2013, a 7-year-old girl was raped in the school toilet while studying at a school in Goa.

Nearly 68,000 rape cases were registered across the country during 2009-11 alone. But shockingly, only 16,000 rapists were convicted and sent to prison. What happened to the other 52,000? The police were too busy? Too overwhelmed to look into insignificant "rape" cases, that fall under the category of a "personal matter"?

According to the National Crime Records Bureau, 24,206 rape cases were registered in India in 2011. But only 5,724 people were convicted for the crime.

As a citizen, as men, should we not be moved toward action?

What if it was your daughter?

What if it was your sister?

What if it was your wife?

Where are the men that will stand up and fight against this national shame?

Where are the men who will stand up and assume their rightful role as protectors?

Join us today, as we campaign for a rape-free India!

Edmund Burke said “Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.”

Today, that "little" may be, just showing your support toward the cause.

It may seem like a small thing, but it shows that you will not stay silent while women in our country loose their virtue, their peace and their freedom.

Men Arise!
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