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    By Maraa

    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.
    * photography

    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)

    Team Maraa
    080-4148-8264

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    7 Responses

    1. […] feel numbed by Mangalore and Bangalore attacks, their sheer brutality and lawlessness. Even more bizarre is the administration looking the other […]

    2. […] Violet informs that: “in response to the recent attacks against women in the city of Bangalore, many […]

    3. […] Various individuals and groups are involved in fighting back in any way possible. If you’re in Bangalore, consider attending the Take Back the Night Campaign on 8 March at Majestic. Find out more about what you can do here. […]

    4. It would be good to know the timings and starting point – for the protest march and for the take back the night rally.

    5. I am a French woman and I love INDIA; It will be the first time I will go to BANGALORE. I love India where I have travelled there for few weeks many times. But I know especially RAJASTHAN, JAIPUR and DELHI
      I was amazed to see your article about the non safety of women in BANGALORE. I am an interpreter in tourism but now I am retired.
      I will be very inerested to come to your center and discuss the situation of the women. May be European culture had a bad influence in this part of INDIA
      I will be in BANGALORE at the end of the month and I will stay here and then to GOA to see an Indian friend . I will stay few weeks in INDIA. But is it safe to travel alone. I have very blue eyes and black hair and my look does not leave Indian men indifferent. I never go out at night or in bars . I must say in the diffrent parts of INDIA where I have travelled most of the people have been very nice. So, is Bangalore or this part of INDIA very different from others parts ? Is the women behaviour different ? I always cover my arms and legs but in BANGALORE do women adopt an European fashion ?
      Marie

    6. […] I’m sorry to say. Ultra Violet has been covering it. Here are two of their recent posts on the subject. Protests are […]

    7. Hi thanks for this nice blog. I am sharing this with all my mates on facebook.com
      Thank you..

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