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from The Human Impact:
Her story is like so many I have heard in my years of reporting on the plight of girls and women in India.
It is a story of rape. A story of police insensitivity, of ostracism, of fear.
I think I've heard enough of these stories to be immune, unaffected by the tale of suffering that each victim recounts in the aftermath of her sexual assault.
But I am wrong -- perhaps because this girl is just 10 years old.
Her vulnerability is overwhelming as the shy, dark-skinned little girl with sun-bleached black bobbed hair sits nervously on a charpoy, in a pretty turquoise salwar-kameez with bright pink trim.
Asking anyone to speak about being raped is difficult in any circumstances; asking a village schoolgirl -- with little exposure to the world at large, with her entire family gathered around her, with a television camera pointing at her -- can challenge even the most hardened journalist.