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Newham women take part in demonstration over Delhi rape

18:58 11 January 2013

Anjum Mouj, chair of the NAWP, speaking at the protest outside India House on January 7

Anjum Mouj, chair of the NAWP, speaking at the protest outside India House on January 7

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Women from a group that tackles domestic violence were among hundreds of people who took part in a demonstration over the Delhi rape.

Men and women from a variety of backgrounds descended on India House in Aldwych, central London to express their views about the plight of women in India.

Among them were women from the Newham Asian Women’s Project in Barking Road, Plaistow.

A spokeswoman for the group said: “ We condemn the gang rape and murder of Jyoti Singh Pandey on a bus in Delhi, India on December 16 2012. We condemn the lack of appropriate action by the Indian government to ensure women’s safety.”

NAWP is an Asian women’s organisation which provides support and assistance to women and children facing gender based violence. It was established in 1987 and currently has four refuges and a resource centre, where advice, counselling and one-to-one support is provided to women and girls .

The organisation supports the women of Indian in their call for swift and appropriate justice in the case of Jyoti Singh Pandey. This case highlights the need for a government response that focuses on prevention of violence against women and girls in the public. Women have the right to access public spaces safely.

NAWP is also calling on the Indian government to immediately stop the ‘two-finger test’ in rape cases.

The British Crime Survey, which studies victims of crimes, states that incidence of rape against women and girls is at 80,000 a year in the UK. Statistics from Rape Crisis Centre show that 40 per cent of adults who are raped tell no one about it. 31 per cent of children who are abused reach adulthood without having disclosed their abuse.

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