Despite the fact that rape is regarded as heinous and criminal in nature, the number and the level of inhumanity of this crime are rising. According to the National Health and Family Survey, one out of every three women in India has experienced domestic or sexual violence since the age of 15.
In India, rape, sexual assault, and verbal harassment of women of all ages and socioeconomic classes have grown commonplace. With the alarming rise of crimes against women, Dr K D Singh, a prominent industrialist, prominent parliamentarians , philanthropist and a mentor, established a Support Cell for Rape Victims. This initiative aims to assist survivors in their efforts to heal from this devastating type of violence. The Support cell founded on 25th March 2013, supports survivors by helping them legally, medically, financially and psychologically.
Through its staff of social workers, educators, and lawyers, the Support Cell for Rape Victims, established under the KD Singh foundation (KDSF), has offered free legal support to more than 100 rape survivors and education support to many survivors. It has also helped more than 10 rape victims in getting advance medical care.
The foundation under the leadership of Dr KD Singh has also provided educational support to 63 survivors and vocational training support to 20 In the effort to rehabilitate the victims to normal social life, the Cell has also provided marriage support to 28 rape survivors. The Cell also operates a 24*7 toll-free helpline number 1800-200-2056.
The Cell’s comprehensive support started from Haryana and now operates throughout north India. The report’s major findings imply that minors are more vulnerable to sexual abuse and that the perpetrators of the crime are almost always known to the victim. While quoting the Intelligence unit of KDSF, Dr K D Singh informs, “74 per cent of the victims interviewed are minors, and 88 per cent of the accused are known to the victim. Out of the documented rape instances, Scheduled Castes (SCs) account for 45 per cent of the victims.”
The KD Singh Foundation seeks to contribute to a better future for the country and a safe society for all through its varied social welfare programmes. Dr K D Singh says, “Perhaps the most essential message we want to convey here is that sexual assault can be healed. At KDSF, we hear from survivors on a very frequent basis. Their stories are unsettling, full of anguish, rage, and misery. At the same time, we sense the strength of all the people who are willing to talk to us. This decision is a sign that they have started the crucial healing process.”
Sexual abuse has far-reaching consequences that transcend physical injury, regardless of age. The trauma of being raped can be life-changing, leaving you terrified, ashamed, and alone, or leaving you with nightmares, flashbacks, and other unpleasant memories. The globe no longer appears to be a secure environment. You no longer trust others. You don’t even trust yourself. You may question your judgement, your self-worth, and even your sanity. You may blame yourself for what happened. Relationships feel dangerous and intimacy impossible. And on top of that, like many rape survivors, you may struggle with PTSD, anxiety and depression. The KDSF under the guidance of Dr KD Singh, endeavours to support the rape victims through multiple efforts at micro and macro levels, by applying institutional, sociological and psychological methods.
Dr Kanwar Deep Singh, also known as KD Singh is an Indian businessman turned politician and Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha. Apart from helping rape victims, KD Singh Foundation’s operations are fast expanding to include educational counselling for young men and women in rural Haryana, maternal health awareness workshops, medical camps, and other educational and health-related community initiatives.