Here is an excerpt from the post by Pooja Badarinath (Programme Coordinator, Advocacy and Research, CREA) at TARSHI's blog 'In Plainspeak'.

 

 

"Consent has always been a loaded term and when we qualify it with ‘informed’, the realistic practical understanding of what it means ‘to consent’ is at the bare minimum challenging and many times, a conundrum. While the definition of consent has evolved in the area of violence and especially in the context of violence against women and more specifically sexual violence, one cannot say the same about other aspects of one’s life. What it means to say ‘no’ is an area that has been much debated and discussed over decades by activists, academics, lawyers, courts to name a few. In a society where historically, patriarchal structures have always resisted women exercising autonomy over their bodies, it has been very important to define and clearly understand what it means to say ‘no’ and that consensual sex cannot be assumed in every situation."

 

 

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Here is an excerpt from the post by Rupsa Mallik (Director, Programmes and Innovation, CREA) at TARSHI's blog 'In Plainspeak'.

 

"The power of the spontaneous uprising – particularly of women – lies in its power to shock. A visual that makes you catch your breath and let it out in a whoosh. The image of 40 Manipuri women stripping naked with a banner saying `Indian Army Rape Us’ in front of the Assam Rifles Headquarters comes to mind. The grainy black and white photo from 1974 of poor peasant women from Kumaon district hugging trees to protect them from being felled. Large piles of Pink Chaddi (underwear) sent to Pramod Muthalik of Sri Ram Sena to protest their violent actions in the name of moral policing in 2009. These are the visuals I think that can change narratives."

 

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