Indian Girls Fight Harassers

In Lucknow, India, where a rape occurs every 22 minutes—mostly gang rapes, girls who were sexually assaulted formed the Red Brigade, shown in a video.”[i] Wearing matching red and black salwar kameez, around 200 mostly teenage girls punish perpetrators with humiliation or worse since they can’t count on police or family for help. The founder said girls have no right to make any decisions for themselves. Some of the girls are learning martial arts so that a 16-year-old smiled when she said she punched an attacker in the face. A 17-year-old girl said on the video she helped organize the Brigade after her father threatened to take her out of school because of harassment she faced on the way to school. Because of the Brigade, streets are safer.



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