Sexual Assault, Mass Crimes and Justice : A Gendered Perspective Public

Forum Against Oppression of Women (FAOW) and Women’s Research & Action Group (WRAG) are pleased to invite you to a seminar on “Sexual Assault, Mass Crimes and Justice: A Gendered Perspective.”

The sexual assault and death of a young girl in Delhi has sparked a justified and much needed public outrage and protests. The sexual assault that women around the country experience day-in and day-out, the social conditioning to condone and tolerate such acts forms the basis for targeting of women for sexual assault in the context of mass violence and conflicts, with impacts that is exacerbated manifold.

This seminar will examine the unique forms of victimization to which women are subject during the commission of mass atrocities, and to examine the various roles they play during and in response to the outbreak of such violence. The panel discussion aims to revisit the 92/93 violence and examine the experience from a gendered lens. In addition, it would also discuss and deliberate upon the use of sexual and gender-based violence in contexts of anti-Sikh attacks 1984 and Kandhamal violence in Odisha 2007 and 2008. The climate of impunity for mass crimes and the failure of justice in all three situations is the overall context of the discussion.

Chayanika Shah (Chairperson)
Vrinda Grover – Cr. law amendments to address sexual assault – the experience of 1984
Saumya Uma – Some Narratives from Kandhamal – Told, Retold and Untold
Hasina Khan – Bombay after riots: impact on women survivor and state response
Meena Menon – Assessing long term impact / consequences of the Bombay riots for women

We look forward to your participation in the discussion.

Date : Saturday, 11th Jan 2013

Venue : Mumbai Marathi Patrakar Sangh, Fort, Mumbai

Time : 2PM onwards

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