What Happens When #Women’s #Rights Groups Trample on #Rape Victims?

In May 2013, the U.S. based women’s organization, Women Deliver,   had invited Indian politician J. S. Kurien, a man implicated in of the one highest profile gang-rape / sex trafficking cases (the Suryanelli case) of a teenage girl in India, to speak at their 2013 conference on women’s reproductive empowerment!

A 16-year-old school girl in the town of  Suryanelli was kidnapped, held hostage for 40 days, during which she was raped by the 42 men she had been ‘sold’ to.  When she was finally found, she was so battered and had lost so much blood the doctors said a few more days and she’d be dead! To read the full story click here.

Other speakers at this conference were Melinda Gates Babatunde Osotimehin (head of the U.N. Population Fund),Helen Clark (head of the U.N. Development Fund), Chelsea Clinton! 

When women’s groups in India who have been fighting for justice in this case for years, objected, Women Deliver delivered  this statement. “We were unaware that Indian Parliamentarian PJ Kurien is facing allegations of rape. While we cannot comment on the specific allegations, had we known of the controversy, we would not have permitted PJ Kurian to speak at the side event. Addressing violence against women is central to our mission as an organization and one of the focus areas of this global conference.

The statement was casual and dismissive.  It made no apologies to the victim for the pain and humiliation they caused her. They offered no support and showed no empathy for the victim for the trauma she has been through or the trauma she continues to face from various sections as she continues to fight for justice.

Is this a statement of support for the victim and the women’s movement in India?

Is this a statement of apology to the victim?

If this victim was American/ western would “Women Deliver” deliver this kind of  statement?

Would a statement like this be acceptable to western feminist groups had this been a victim in their country?

If this the way a global women’s group treats a rape victim, what hope is there for legal and social change?

Doesn’t Women Deliver owe the Suryanelli victim a direct apology?

PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION TO ‘WOMEN DELIVER’ DEMANDING THEY MAKE AN OFFICIAL APOLOGY TO THE VICTIM:

1) TO SIGN VIA CHANGE.ORG CLICK HERE 

2) TO SIGN VIA CAUSES.COM (FACEBOOK) CLICK HERE

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