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kavya rana

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  1. March 2020, the National Commission for Women stated that domestic violence reports have more than doubled ever since the lockdown began. 

 

Even before the Covid19 pandemic, domestic violence was a serious concern in India. In fact:

 

1 in 3 women in India suffer sexual and physical violence at home. (Source: National Family Health Survey-4, 2015-16) 

 

So imagine this: A situation where there are already women living in abusive households and who now, in the lockdown, are being forced to live twenty-four hours in a day under the same roofs as their abusers. 


This silent pandemic MUST stop.

The COVID-19 pandemic is not just a health crisis. It is making the vulnerable even more vulnerable. Women and girls across India need your attention and support as cases of domestic violence against them have surged over the past few weeks. In these difficult times, you have a critical role to play. 

The fight to end violence against women and girls has to be a priority in these times of crisis. Towards this, I am starting a fundraiser to support Breakthrough, an organisation that has been working on the issue of domestic violence for the last 20 years. Breakthrough developed the path breaking campaign ‘Bell Bajao’ against domestic violence and have till date trained as many as 100,000 people on gender and human rights issues and have had over a million men sign the pledge against domestic violence.

Currently they are focussed on highlighting the needs of domestic violence survivors and are working on strengthening response from authorities to ensure that essential services and resources reach the survivors. Through their media reach and community youth leaders they are actively sharing critical information and raising awareness on the issue of domestic violence. The Breakthrough campaign also specifically calls upon people to intervene if they witness domestic violence by reporting it. 

I urge you to join me in my efforts to raise funds for this alarming issue. Any amount you contribute will help more women lead lives free of violence. 

Thank you for your support.

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