This protest in India is in defense of a 13-year-old Dalit girl named Rajalakshmi who was beheaded by an upper caste neighbor when she spoke out against his sexual advances. As this article explains, he was enraged that a little girl from an oppressed lower caste would dare spurn his grotesque pedophiliac assault. MeToo cost a child her precious life.
The MeToo movement has only just begun–under the promptings of women oppressed by war, occupation, genocide, caste, class, & now this little girl–to broaden the scope of its inquisition. It’s too late for this small child but we must memorialize her life & her courage by investigating & exposing the essential role of sexual violence in caste oppression. May little Rajalakshmi Rest In Peace & Power.