An estimated 1.2 million children are pushed into the abyss of forced prostitution in India–which means that India has the largest amount of child prostitutes in the world. Out of those 1.2 million cases, only 55 legal cases led to convictions in 2015. To counter this impunity, today the Free a Girl Movement, a coalition of local organisations dedicated to rescue girls from forced prostitution, announces the opening of the world’s first School for Justice–an educational institution. The School for Justice has a bold aim: to fight the injustice of child prostitution by educating girls rescued from child prostitution to become lawyers and prosecutors with the power to prosecute the criminals that once owned them.
The School for Justice is both a school and an education programme for girls from all school levels to offer the support, tuition and mentoring that they need to reach university level. Once at that level they will study to get to their Bachelors in Law–to ultimately persuade the government to become Public Prosecutors with the power and determination to leverage India’s legal system to seek justice. The School for Justice is working with one of India’s most respected law universities to offer this unique programme.
In India, many underage girls end up working in brothels against their will; some are barely seven years of age. They are tortured until they agree to cooperate with the offender. These victims are forced to have sex, sometimes with 20 different men each day.
Bollywood actor and activist Mallika Sherawat, who is an ambassador of Free a Girl Movement, has extended her full support and commitment for The School for Justice.
“Underage girls forced to prostitution is a problem taht we simply can’t ignore any longer. It’s the organised and systematic rape of young girls, happening on a mass scale,” Sherawat said..
“I ask you to support the School for Justice to help the victims turn into their anger at this injustice into a force for good_and a furious determination to put everyone involved in child prostitution behind bars,” she added.
The views expressed are his personal.