NEW DELHI: A little over seven years ago, after a 23-year-old was brutally raped in a moving bus in the national capital leading to her death, public outrage and protests began not only in India but abroad also.
The protests which continued for several months came to an end but there was someone whose life changed completely - Yogita Bhayana, an ordinary Delhi girl who was so moved by the whole movement that she went on to become the actual face of what is now known as “The Nirbhaya Movement”.
Bhayana, a social activist, who runs a foundation called “PARI - People Against Rapes in India” while speaking exclusively to IANS said: “When Nirbhaya incident happened I really couldn’t control myself and went out on the streets. The reason I could relate to her was that unfortunately, I was in the same mall at that time where she (Nirbhaya) had come out after watching the movie.”
Elaborating about when Nirbhaya’s mother became a part of this movement, Bhayana said: “It was the time when the juvenile in the case was about to be freed, we didn’t want that as he was the main culprit so we decided to protest. I asked Asha Ji (Nirbhaya’s mother) to join the protest. She was really apprehensive about it and was in two minds but when we reached there, Asha Ji also joined us and it was then and there when she became a part and parcel of this revolutionary movement.”
Since then, Yogita has been working with activists and social workers towards helping rape victims by not only giving them legal support but also psychological and social help. (IANS)