Flash mob dance, candlelight vigil and awareness programmes will mark Valentine day's 'One Billion Rising for Justice Campaign' this year. Hundreds of activists will participate in the global campaign demanding end to violence against women.
As a part of the campaign, the activists will move to various important towns in Kangra district on February 14, singing and dancing.
Jagori Rural Charitable Trust, a women's organisation, will spearhead the campaign in Kangra. Data collected by Jagori shows that 42 cases of rapes and gang rapes have been reported in Himachal Pradesh in the last four months.
"There were so many other reports of sexual violence, eve teasing, kidnapping and many other crimes against women and the fact that makes it even worse is that majority of the reports were against minors," said Abha Bhaiya, executive director, Jagori.
She said looking at the perpetrators of these crimes, it was difficult to classify any category of men as safe any more. In most of the cases it were teachers, young boys, priests and relatives of victims who were involved in the crime. It is genocide against girls and women, said Abha.
She said patriarchal mindset and the total failure of the justice system contribute to the increased violence against women and girls.
"The issue of failing justice itself is a crime," said Abha and added that to be violated in places where you are supposed to be safe like schools, shelter homes and temples was a matter of concern and it should be included in the category of custodial rape.
She said that last year in district Kangra, 25,000 men, women, boys and girls rose to demand an end to violence against women and girls.
"This year, the campaign will build upon the energy and momentum that was created last year when one billion activists came together to rise, strike, and dance, in the biggest mass action in human history, to demand an end to violence against women and girls," Abha said.