Reports from National Report say that this week in Indian men readied themselves to begin celebrating the annual Assam Rape festival. This festival sees that every unmarried girl between the age of 7-16 who has not been hidden is raped.
According to Madhuban Ahluwalia, the heads the annual festival who spoke to reporters about the importance of the festive said;
“This is a long time tradition in Assam dating back thousands of years, we rape the evil demons out of the girls, otherwise they will cheat on us and we will be forced to kill them. So it is necessary for everyone.”
According to research the Assam Festival began in 43 BC when Baalkrishan Tamil Nadu raped everyone in his village of Ludhiana. Baalkrishan Tamil Nadu is remembered every year at this event, in fact there is a trophy for the man with the most rapes, he is called “The Baalkrishan” names after the first rapist Tamil.
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23-year-old Harikrishna Majumdar told reporters that he has been training all year for this event.
“I’m going to get the most rapes this year. I’ve been practicing raping my sister and her friends every day. I will be rape superstar number one! I will get the Baalkrishan prize this year for sure!”
11-year-old Jaitashri Majumdar told reporters she almost made it through last year’s festival without getting raped.
“I came so close to not getting raped. I almost got to the ‘rape-free-zone’ at the edge of town, but at the last minute 9 men jumped on me and raped me. Luckily I am just recovering now so I can participate in this year’s events, otherwise I would be put to death by stoning.”
It is so inhumane for such a festival to be held in this 21st century. Rape is not a game, it tortures the girl child. Her self esteem and dignity is taken away from her at a tender age. Cultures need to understand that societies outgrow some beliefs and adopt to new ways of life.
However, claims are this is not the right story according to Let’s Gist who say such an event doesn’t exist. It goes on to say that Assam Festival Story was an activism piece to educate people about what is going on in India on a daily basis, because a lot of people don’t know.
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