At a time when Haryana is constantly in news for gang rapes, honour killings and skewed sex ratio, a 29-year-old farmer from the state’s Jind district is challenging the narrative by marrying a gang rape survivor.
Jitender Chhatar, a resident of Chhatar village of Jind, is happily married to the survivor since December 4, 2015. Jitender not only married the woman but also joined her in the fight for justice. Now, seeking Haryana chief minister Manohar lal Khattar’s intervention in arrest of one of the accused who is still at large
Apart from providing her moral support, Chhatar has also got his wife enrolled in a law course.
“She can join the judicial services or as a lawyer can help other rape survivors. We have already started a platform called, Youth Against Rapes.” Chhatar Said.
His wife said other rape survivors were not as fortunate and face many hardships besides the trauma of being violated.
“Since the day we got engaged, except for discussion with lawyer or in court we don’t talk about my case much. I and my family owe a lot to Jitender as part from fighting off the taboo, he is also facing the ire of the accused who try to frame him in false cases,” she said.
I salute Jitender for this brave effort who did not thought much about societal norms and married a rape survivor. ‘Rape-Survivor’ is just a term and anyone can get victimized from this heinous crime. I am sure Jitender’s act will teach everyone not to push rape survivors in dark rather accept them with open hearts.