Some Glimpses of the Seminar on 12th Jan

SEXUAL ASSAULT, MASS CRIMES & JUSTICE: A GENDERED PERSPECTIVE

Forum Against Oppression of Women (FAOW) and Women’s Research & Action Group (WRAG) organized a seminar on “Sexual Assault, Mass Crimes and Justice: A Gendered Perspective” on 12th January, 2012 as part of the BKMZ campaign at the Mumbai Marathi Patrakar Sangh.

The seminar examined the unique forms of victimization to which women are subject during the commission of mass atrocities, and the various roles they play during and in response to the outbreak of such violence. The panel discussion revisited the 92/93 violence and examined the experience from a gendered lens.  The use of sexual and gender-based violence in contexts of anti-Sikh attacks 1984 and Kandhamal violence in Odisha 2007 and 2008 were also extensively discussed. The focus was on the climate of impunity for mass crimes and the failure of justice in all the situations and some of the current discussions on sexual assault.

The speakers were: Chayanika Shah, Hasina Khan, Meena Menon, Saumya Uma and Vrinda Grover.

The seminar was attended by about 75 participants and was followed by an extensive discussion.

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