What is most shocking to me is how people who talk up reams on facebook on behalf of Nirbhaya and scores of other victims of rape and other heinous crimes still regard domestic violence as a softer issue.
Even if they suspect a woman is being abused, they would rather lean back than move forward to help. I guess it is all talk with such people. They would rather do their armchair activism than any real useful activity.
This ad by the salvation army uses the latest “black and blue” phenomenon on the Internet to highlight the issue to domestic violence:
It is an awesome ad. I wish there were more such ads to also highlight the other forms of domestic violence including emotional and sexual abuse. The scars that are not visible on the skin are still there.
The trauma is real. And why is it that you won’t support anyone till they have visible scars, or are brutally raped, or are burnt for dowry?
Does a woman have to die or be left half-dead for you armchair activists to sit up and take notice of what is right under your noses?
Especially if you are friends with the abuser you think he could do no wrong?