Issue: Child Sex Abuse in children’s shelter
What makes Vijeta a Real Hero?
At a time when the brutal Delhi gangrape braveheart united thousands across the country and led to candle marches and protests, at a time when a billion women rose to protest violence against women across the world, a young girl showed enormous courage to expose the sexual abuse she and 200 other inmates of an orphanage were subjected to everyday. 18-year-old Vijeta (name changed) has seen the worst side of children shelters. Orphaned, she was sent to the home at the age of 12. After six years of sexual and physical abuse at the hands of those who were meant to protect her, she ran away and reported the rampant sexual and physical abuse. Her testimony has led to the arrest of several people. 200 girls have now been rehabilitated.