We visited Muzaffar Nagar to meet Ayesha, a gangrape Survivor of the 2013 Riots. She endured ‘unspeakable’ horrors as she was gangraped by 3 ‘Hindu’ men, in front of an ‘infant’ son, Ayesha’s story is of a fighter, and a mother who refused to be silenced
After a relentless 10-year-long struggle, on May 9, 2023, the district court in Western Uttar Pradesh finally delivered justice. Sikandar and Maheshwar, the individuals responsible for the rape, were found guilty and convicted. However, Ayesha’s journey towards justice was fraught with obstacles, threats, and intimidation. The financial burden of fighting the legal battle left the family in dire straits, unable to provide education for their children. Abdullah, Ayesha’s husband, is a skilled tailor, but wherever he found employment, the convicted rapists would intimidate the employers and force him out of work. This constant harassment has caused immense distress for the entire family. Additionally, Abdullah is currently suffering from severe stomach infections, further exacerbating their already difficult circumstances.
Miles2Smile is committed to standing alongside the survivor’s family as they strive to rebuild their lives. We have taken on the responsibility of covering Abdullah’s medical expenses, and our next step is to enroll the children in our “Shaagird” project, ensuring they receive education and support. Through this fundraiser, our aim is to provide the family with a dignified means of livelihood, giving them a fresh start. Your support will enable us to make a significant difference in their lives and expand our efforts even further. Together, we can achieve so much more.
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