True Justice is Sharing Truth | Bhoomi’s* story

After an argument with her stepmother, 15-year-old Bhoomi* visited her upstairs neighbor and friend. He persuaded Bhoomi to leave her family and meet his friends. “I’ll keep you happy,” he said. Then he sent her with a friend to another house. Bhoomi’s voice wavers as she comes to this part in the story. She first told the police that the …

True Justice is Participation | Laxmi’s* story

Seventeen-year-old Laxmi’s* hands and legs trembled the day she entered a Delhi trial court to testify against her father, who had raped her repeatedly. But by the time she sat before the judge, her fear had turned to anger. Her mother seated herself beside Laxmi. “Why are you doing this?” her mother asked. “You will ruin everything if you do …

True Justice is Safety | Rhea’s* story

When your own home is not safe, where do you go? When CSJ met 13-year-old Rhea*, she was trapped in a cycle of family violence. The first time her father raped her was during summer when, to stay cool, the whole family slept on their home’s concrete floor. Rhea tried to scream, and her father pushed his hand over her …