I am part of a campaign called “Bicycle for Freedom” to coincide with Indian Independence Day celebration. The campaign will donate bicycles to girls who are sexual assault survivors and have dropped out of school because of shaming and ostracisation. The girls are mostly kidnapped and raped and sometimes trafficked while on their long commute to school on foot. This is an attempt to empower the girls and reinstate them back to mainstream life.
The campaign is the brainchild of non-profit PVCHR (People Vigilance Committee for Human Rights), http://www.pvchr.asia
which is a grassroots’ organisation, with a reach to the most needy ones in society. They have helped me in my project in Varanasi, Sonbhadra and Jaunpur districts of Uttar Pradesh and intervened with some of the rape cases.
I have been working on my project on Sexual Violence in India since the last 19 months and have covered many region across the country and documented 35 cases of rape so far. This is the first time I am contributing to this campaign and it has been possible because of the funding that I received through my kickstarter campaign earlier this year and some donations made to www.kamalikafoundation.org
I hope to continue this campaign every year and help as much girls as possible.