On the evening of Dec. A few days earlier, on Dec. And it came just months after the Narendra Modi-led government renewed a National Register of Citizens NRC to identify immigrants living illegally in the state of Assam, promising to soon implement it across the country. Students in universities and colleges had protested against the NRC for several months, but their demonstrations gathered momentum after the new Citizenship Amendment Act CAA was approved by the parliament. On the night of Dec. The police brutality gave further impetus to national protests, and quietly, the women of Shaheen Bagh joined in. Today, those women have become the face of the resistance. They are also the face of the uncertainty that women across India have felt since the Modi government began updating the NRC.
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Safe Women, Strong Nations
They dragged her into the road by her hair, tried to rip off her clothes and smiled at the cameras that filmed it all. It was around 9. They easily could have. We know this because a cameraman from the local TV channel was there too, capturing the attack for his viewers' enjoyment. The woman was abused for 45 minutes before the police arrived. Within half an hour, clips were broadcast on Assam's NewsLive channel. Watching across town, Sheetal Sharma and Bitopi Dutta were horrified. There was this horrible, brutal assault being shown on screen — and the most disturbing thing was, the blame was being put on the woman, who, the report emphasised, was drunk," says Sharma, a year-old feminist activist from the North-East Network, a women's rights organisation in Guwahati.
The Atlantic Crossword
In the United States, violence against indigenous women has reached unprecedented levels on tribal lands and in Alaska Native villages. More than 4 in 5 American Indian and Alaska Native women have experienced violence, and more than 1 in 2 have experienced sexual violence. Alaska Native women continue to suffer the highest rate of forcible sexual assault and have reported rates of domestic violence up to 10 times higher than in the rest of the United States. Though available data is limited, the number of missing and murdered American Indian and Alaska Native women and the lack of a diligent and adequate federal response is extremely alarming to indigenous women, tribal governments, and communities. On some reservations, indigenous women are murdered at more than ten times the national average. Statistics define the scale of the problem, but do nothing to convey the experience of the epidemic. They tell part of the story, but fail to account for the devastating impacts this violence has on the survivors, Indian families, Native communities, and Indian nations themselves. Native children exposed to violence suffer rates of PTSD three times higher than the rest of the general population. Nevertheless, the statistics make absolutely clear that violence against Native women is a crisis that cannot wait to be addressed.
It is outrageous that the vast majority of Native women never see their abusers or rapists brought to justice. A discriminatory, racist criminal jurisdictional scheme created by the United States has limited the ability of Indian nations to protect Native women and children from violence and to provide them with meaningful remedies. For more than 35 years, United States law stripped all Indian nations of their criminal authority over non-Indians.