‘Everyone Blames Me’: A Human Rights Watch report on barriers to justice and support services for sexual assault survivors in India
Human Rights Watch, with the assistance of Jan Sahas, has published a report on the barriers to justice and support services for sexual assault survivors in India. The HRW report brings out valuable findings, complimenting other reports on rape of Dalit girls in Haryana, or of tribal girls in Chhattisgarh by the WSS (Women Against Sexual Violence and State Repression). Among other findings, the report highlights the high levels of impunity enjoyed by perpetrators, resulting in routinised sexual violence against girls and women. The experiences of women disadvantaged by gender, caste, minority or migrant status in social relations and in law – are vastly different from those of urban upper class women.