Seven attacks in the last ten days! In response to the recent attacks against women in the city of Bangalore, many individuals and organisations have come together to form FEARLESS KARNATAKA or Nirbhaya Karnataka to reclaim public spaces and promote safety for all.
In the wake of a series of attacks in Mangalore (the latest one was reported on February 24, 2009), women have been targeted in the name of morality, culture and “public decency”. In Bangalore, the reasons for the attacks have been on similar lines — during the attacks, the girls were insulted for wearing jeans, sleeveless shirts and speaking English. We believe that the attacks in Bangalore then are a continuation of those that took place in Mangalore and coastal Karnataka regions even though the identity of the attackers (and the organizations they belong to) could have differed.
In an attempt to fight against the climate of fear, the collective would like to announce the following activities:
1. A protest march to the office of Dr. Ajai Kumar Singh, DG & IGP, on March 7, 2009
2. A `Take Back the Night’ campaign on March 8, 2009
3. A poster campaign asking bystanders who witness attacks on women to act
There are several other efforts including signature campaigns, art
exhibitions, etc which are happening simultaneously.
There is some handy info like basic legal information and precautions to be taken etc available on baware.in. Spread the word.
Maraa is part of this campaign too and these are the few things we are doing:
* making radio spots for FM channels
* making posters
* street theatre
* making short videos
* website support — updating blog, audio clips etc.
These things have to happen fast, in large numbers and in a short time. We need many hands and ideas to implement this.
Where do you fit in? How can you help?
* Participate and get others involved in the ‘Take Back The Night’ Campaign on March 8th at Majestic (call us for more details)
* Know your facts, read press reports everyday
* Come to maraa from 2nd-7th at 4:00pm to work on above. We really need more hands in all areas.
* Create a buzz about this around your neighbourhood, office communities, corporate offices, colleges, schools, apartment complexes etc
If you want to express and respond in any other way about the current situation, please let us know how you can fit into the larger framework.
If you can translate this information in any language please do — try
to make it as local as possible. ALL communication and publicity material can be in Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Hindi, Urdu, Bengali and the rest. This is crucial, since there is very little work done in this area.
Any financial contribution will be useful.
Please try and feed into, connect and link up with the same campaign and initiatives that have already begun. Localise it as much as possible. Even if you are not from Bangalore, feel free to share your expression. Maraa will try and present it at events and gatherings around us.
Mmany of us have known Bangalore differently from what it has become now. Let’s reclaim our space in it.
Feel free to call any of us for more info:
Ekta – 9880755875,
Deepak – 9343763497,
Pallavi – 9886928582,
Nagaraj – 9902535473 (Nagaraj is working on translating most material to Kannada; more hands are needed)