“If we can make the system work for this single person, we can have some hope that it may work for us all one day”
This citizen-led campaign began with an open letter to the prime minister asking for justice for Sita Rai. It was posted on Facebook and Twitter, and people were urged to email it to the prime minister, as well as to physically drop the letter off at his residence on December 28. The idea was simple: if we can make the system work for this single person, Sita Rai, we the people can have some hope that it may work for us all one day.Today [Thursday] is day 7 of our protest. Momentum is going strong. From what we hear, the prime minister and his team are relentlessly following up with investigators, bureaucrats, and the police to inquire about not only Rai’s case but several more that we have since picked up on. [These include the cases of Saraswati Subedi, a maid recently found dead at her employer’s home, and Chhorimaiya Maharjan, a woman who disappeared several months ago.] We plan to continue until the investigations’ results are made public.The protests in India got the Nepalese media to pay more attention to stories of violence against women here. Over the past few weeks, so many horrific stories have come to the limelight, many of which would probably otherwise have gone unreported. And because people are starting to read about these stories, one after another, they’re realising just how bad the situation is for women across the country. This has made the population angrier, and more aware.