Can This Comic Book Help Combat Rape In India (Video)

Priya

The sub-continent of India has a lot problems to say the least. Rampant poverty, lack of clean water, corrupt government officials and terrorism to name a few.

One that tries to get pushed under the rug by Indian officials and police is rape.

According to Times of India, every day 93 women are being raped in the country.

Citing NCRB data, there is a gradual increase in the number of rapes reported in India – from 24,923 in 2012 to 33,707 in 2013.

Despite of several protests after Nirbhaya incident in New Delhi, the national capital continuous to be the unsafe city in the country. The number of rapes in Delhi has almost doubled from 58

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5 in 2012 to 1,441 in 2013. Delhi is followed by Mumbai (391), Jaipur (192) and Pune (171) among the top unsafe cities in the country.

These numbers should be enough to have the world erupt in protests, but it hasn’t.

While there have been work on the ground to bring to light to the plight women go through in the country, more light would be helpful.

As small as it might sounds, this might just do the job.

New York based filmmaker RamDevinei picked up his pen and created a super-hero who’s goal in life is to create a movement against rape in the country.

Priya, made her debut at the Mubai Comic Con recently and her first introduction to the world will be the graphic novel, “Priya’s Shakti.”

Devinei sat down with NPR recently to speak about his character, her powers and why she’s important to India right now.

Read his full interview here and watch the trailer for the comic below

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