Photos of Candle light vigil against child sexual abuse on Christmas day in Town hall at 6.30pm On Christmas day, December 25th, from women’s and human rights organisations across the city came stand with on the steps of Town Hall, Bangalore from 6.30PM to 7.30PM.
I am a child
yearning for Justice
I thank you for taking this time to listen to my voice, and to hear my deep cry.
I stand as the voice of all those children who have faced sexual abuse in their lives
I speak for the children whose lives are marred because of violence against our bodies; our spirit
My future stands blurred because the memory of violence follows like a shadow over my head.
I am the child who faced violence at the hands of one, who I trusted and loved,
Who stood before me as a strong ground, and as one on whom I very much depended on to teach what is right and wrong,
I could not cry out against him as he was my own father, one whom others also loved…
I did not know how to differentiate between what is acceptable and what cannot be pardoned.
The pain of the abuse that I experienced repeatedly in secret came to the fore one fine day
When my plea “please don’t hurt me there” was once again drowned in the loudness of my own cry…
I could bear it no longer and wondered if I would survive to share this horror story
Of a scarred body and spirit – only three and a half years old – to which you could add a decade to every year!
Listen friends; I speak to each one of you who stand here today: the choice that YOU have
To either address my pain and divide it … or multiply it by your stunning silence, passivity, and ignorance
Do you know there are thousands like me who want their beloved society to understand…
That the scales of justice would work better, if only it would listen to the truth of our experience?
If I have gathered courage to speak today against all forms of violence against children, especially sexual abuse
It is because I believe that human beings can change for the better and realize their utter common oneness.
If Christmas day is celebrated as the day when Jesus the Christ child was born into this world to bring peace
We, as children, need your help, partnership and support to usher in new ways of building a Just Community.
- Letter of a Child yearning for Justice
Written with the support of a large network of People’s / Women’s Movements including Vimochana, Praja Rajakiya Vedike (PRV), All India Progressive Women’s Association (AIPWA), Aneka, Bangalore Birth Network, FeministsIndia, Jana Vikasa, Jeeva, Karnataka Sex Workers Union (KSWU), Karnataka Sexual Minorities Forum (KSMF), Samara, Secularism Is A Women’s Issue – international network, Siloam Girls Boarding Home, South Asia Citizens Web, Swaraj Network, Student Christian Movement of India (SCMI), UTC Women’s Studies Department, Women’s Initiative for Citizenship and Universal Rights and many others