65-day, 10,000-km yatra to end sexual violence -Pranay Prakash
Dignity March will be flagged off at Somaiya Ground in Sion today
Mumbai: On Thursday, about 5,000 survivors of sexual abuse and assault will embark on a 65-day national walk that will span 10,000 km through 200 districts in 24 States and Union Territories. The Dignity March, which was announced by survivor-focused organisation Rashtriya Garima Abhiyan on Wednesday, will begin at Somaiya Ground in Sion on Thursday at 11.30 a.m. The march will be flagged off by actors Tisca Chopra and Sudha Chandran, activist against acid attacks Laxmi Agarwal, and activist Bhanwari Devi among others.
Apart from sexual abuse and assault survivors, allies and stakeholders will join in the march, which will culminate in New Delhi on February 22, 2019. The objective of the initiative is to end sexual violence against women and children, as well as raise awareness about the plight of the survivors throughout the country.
Aims and objectives
The march was announced by a group of people who had faced some form of sexual assault. While everyone who spoke at the event have revealed their names, The Hindu protects their identity. Among those present were a sexual assault survivor from Rajasthan, a survivor of human trafficking from Maharashtra, another survivor who was sexually abused by the police hailing from the Maharashtra-Madhya Pradesh border, and a tribal woman from the Mandsaur region in Madhya Pradesh, who was forced into the flesh trade when she was 15 years old.
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