“An increasing trend in the incidence of rape has been observed during the periods 2009-2013. These cases have reported an increase of 3.6% in 2010 over 2009 and an increase of 9.2% in the year 2011 over the year 2010, an increase of 3.0% in the year 2012 over 2011 and further an increase of 35.2% in the year 2013 over 2012.”

-Source: National Crime Records Bureau 2014

An emerging facet is that while the number of sexual assault cases reported is on the rise, there is no prevailing evidence of any cases of violence reaching the trial stage, leave alone the conviction stage. Furthermore, the survivor of violence is often left to her own devices for survival as she gets little support from society and sometimes even her family forsakes her. She has no wherewithal to fight her case, seek justice and join the mainstream in terms of resources, knowledge and courage.

Cases of violence against women in India are generally taken up by a few dedicated individuals and NGOs. However the perceived lacuna of an integrated approach encompassing the various agencies such as the police, medical and legal, as well as rehabilitation support centres needs to redressed without delay.

A fully integrated support centre for such people across all strata of the society is the need of the day. With a commitment to provide this much needed support and succour, a group of like-minded individuals have come together to form Sankalp – Women’s Support Alliance.