A disturbing video is going viral today - and it's bringing attention to the prevalence of violence against women in India.
The video shows a woman, purportedly only 15 years old, who is paraded through a village, beaten and stripped. And her crime was that she decided to "date" a man from a higher "caste" or class, than her.
India has been named as the most dangerous country in the world for women, in part because episodes like the below are far too prevalent.
Here is the video that is causing a stir online:
A recent study found that over 50% of Indian men and women still believe that sometimes women deserve a beating. The same study found that one woman is killed every hour for not bringing enough dowry to a husband. Yet, dependency is still presented as a reputable and preferred habit and independence is seen to be negative.
According to The Guardian, "this everyday violence is the product of a culture that bestows all power on men, and that does not even want women to exist." Indian society teaches women to be afraid of their bodies, denies them of speech, and denies them the right to assemble.
In 2018, an India government survey showed that 42% of girls in the country have been raped. If that's what the "survey" shows you can only imagine what the real figures are of rape and other assault against women in India.