Child sex abuse survivor pushes India to reform laws

Ms Purnima Govindarajulu started her campaign in India with an online petition that has gained 111,000 signatures.
Ms Purnima Govindarajulu started her campaign in India with an online petition that has gained 111,000 signatures.

She understood the crime only as an adult, but current laws prevent her from filing charges

Purnima Govindarajulu was six when she began visiting a relative's home for sleepovers. Her cousin had a young daughter close to her age but Ms Purnima, now 53, only relives the trauma she suffered on those visits.

She says she was sexually abused by her cousin's husband, then 20 years her senior. And the abuse, which included fondling as well as oral and penetrative acts, continued until she was 13.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on February 25, 2018, with the headline 'Child sex abuse survivor pushes India to reform laws'. Print Edition | Subscribe