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Remembering scars, wishing and wanting

Remembering scars, wishing and wanting
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Jurrat, a week long campaign on violence against women was organised by Majma and Swaang.

Swaang is best known for its song Maa Nee Meri which was created to protest the 16 December  Delhi gang-rape.

Majma is an emergent collective of diverse artistes and activists committed to progressive arts and media. Both these groups - Majma and Swaang, came together for a collective cry for breaking our silence, complicity and acceptance of violence, in both its stark and normalised forms.

The campaign which was launched at Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre on 10 December, moved from Mangolpuri to Bhalaswa Resettlement Colony to Seemapuri to Katwaria Sarai to many places in Delhi to make people aware of the violence that exists with the hierarchies of class, caste and patriarchy.

A mobile concert accompanied by a rally of protesters and supporters started from the malls in Saket and moved through Mehrauli, Munirka and Mahipalpur on 16 December morning.

The aim was to remember the fight of the brave girl and to clean the memory of the horrible incident from his route through songs and performances.

A sketch titled Thoda Dhyan Se was performed by Mallika Taneja. Her performance speaks about the imposed gendered notions on women regarding their choice of freedom and sexual rights. The play Museum… of species in danger directed by Rasika Agashe was received and appreciated by all.

The play brings out the manifold forms of violence, sexual harassment faced by women in both public and private spaces. From mythological Sita to Bhanwari Devi –the play poignantly brings out the dark sides of the patriarchal society.

The performers blended their personal experiences and the registered testimonies of oppression and violence on women together to make us aware of the issues. For a week Delhi witnessed a rich repertoire of cultural forms and public performances including poetry, music, theatre and exhibitions through this campaign.
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