Rauim’s father is from Bengaluru, but the rest of his family is from the northern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.
His mother is a retired school teacher.
He has a brother who works as a journalist.
Like most of his peers, Rau has grown up hearing stories of poverty and injustice in his homeland, a country where he grew up.
“My grandfather is from a poor family and we used to go to the market to buy vegetables and rice to eat,” he said.
“We used to work for a living and my father would make money from selling our produce.
It was not easy for him to survive and his family was always struggling.”
Hsu is from Haryana, but she lives in the capital Delhi with her parents and two sisters.
She is studying law and has started a company.
“I came to the US to study at Harvard Law School,” she said.
Hsu, whose mother is from China, was able to graduate from Harvard with a BA in psychology.
She had also studied at the University of Texas at Austin, where she majored in business.
Like Rau, Hsu’s parents are educated professionals who worked for the government, including her father, who served as India’s ambassador to the United States from 1995 to 2004.
Hsi was a member of the Indian government’s Indian Council of Historical Research.
But after Hsu finished her education, she was offered a job as a reporter at The Hindu newspaper in New Delhi.
After the news of the massacre at the Rana Plaza spread across the world, she had the courage to publish the article, titled, “A Muslim girl was raped by a Hindu man”.
She was told that her story would make a difference in the lives of Indian Muslims and other minorities.
“It was a huge story for us to publish and spread,” she told Al Jazeera.
“The people of India are trying to make change, but they don’t know how to do it.
We need to bring them awareness of what we are doing.
We have to tell their stories.
That is our responsibility as a family and as Indians.”
The family’s story is not unique.
According to research by the Pew Research Centre, around a quarter of India’s population lives in a household where someone has been sexually assaulted.
Of these, one-third of the victims are female, and one-fifth are of lower caste.
And although India has a higher per capita GDP than the US and Europe, it has the second highest number of rape cases per 100,000 population in the world.
According, the World Health Organisation, about one in three women and girls in India have been raped, and many more are assaulted while pregnant.
“What we are seeing is a pattern that is being replicated across the country,” said Anand Kumar, executive director of the International Human Rights Institute (IHRI), a non-profit group that advocates for human rights and rights of minorities.
In addition to the Indian cases of rape, a 2011 study by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) estimated that the country has the world’s highest rates of child marriage and child marriage prevention in sub-Saharan Africa, and that between 30,000 and 60,000 children are married annually.
In India, the majority of those marriages are between Muslim men and Hindu women.
“These are young girls that have been forced to marry and that are now going through the ordeal of a forced marriage,” said Kumar.
“They are in a state of denial, and are not telling the truth.
The government is trying to keep the situation under wraps.”
“They need to tell the truth” is how Raju, a 19-year-old girl from Rajasthan’s Kharaj village, described how she met her husband while she was studying at the local school.
Raju was raped on her first day at school, after her teacher asked her to do her homework, which she refused to do.
The rape lasted for six days, and Raju suffered severe physical and emotional injuries.
“He forced me to give birth to a child,” she recalled.
“Afterward, I did not go to school.
I used to stay at my family’s house.
I did everything to get away from him.
He used to come to the house and rape me.”
Her husband, a Muslim, had threatened to kill her parents if she ever told anyone about what had happened to her.
She was terrified, she said, and felt that if she told anyone, he would kill her.
“When I came out, I was in tears,” she explained.
“People said: ‘Raju is so brave, you can’t do this.
You’re too young.
Rajuram said that her husband was the last to leave the house when she came out of the house, and then he raped her again.