Our story starts way back, When Ramabai Ranade one of the first women's rights activists in the early 20th century took the stand.
In 1920, even Mahatma Gandhi, who touted himself as a champion of women’s rights, urged “women to stop fighting for voting rights and concentrate their efforts instead on ‘helping their men against the common foe,’” according to “Domestic Violence and the Indian Women’s Movement: A Short History.”
Once the country gained independence, Indian leaders discouraged female revolutionaries from mobilizing, instilling a ‘ghar/bahir’ divide and reinforcing strict gender roles for women as the protectors of the home.
One of the first major protests after this newfound, the convictions of two police officers in the Mathura rape case, wherein a 9-year-old girl was raped inside a police station. Women had to take a stand.