Gang-raped and left without a voice: Living with disability in India

When she was 13, "Razia" (not her real name), who has an intellectual disability and difficulties in speaking, was raped by her brother's tutor.

Story highlights

  • India saw legal reforms after a 2012 gang rape that shocked the country
  • Few police or courts are trained to help people with disabilities report a crime

New Delhi (CNN)In 2014, a 23-year-old woman with cerebral palsy was allegedly gang-raped and thrown from the rooftop in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal.

"The suspects, who are from an upper-class family, have not only managed to evade prosecution, but they continue to threaten the survivor's family," said Nidhi Goyal, a disability rights activist and consultant to the disability rights division at Human Rights Watch, a global nonprofit human rights organization.
    "The first community response to this case was, 'why should we support this unproductive woman and ruin the life of this productive man?' " she said.