Sketch­ing a change in favour of rape vic­tims

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Ruchika Garg

Hor­ri­fied, crying in de­spair and ter­rorised are some of the graph­ics used to de­pict a rape sur­vivor in the me­dia. But the fo­cus, feel mem­bers of Break­through — a Delhi-based NGO, should be on the per­pe­tra­tors and not the vic­tim. The NGO has now be­gun a cam­paign ti­tled Re­draw Misog­yny, that aims to change the way gen­der-based vi­o­lence is re­ported.

Speak­ing about the cam­paign, that is in as­so­ci­a­tion with In­sta­gram, Purva from Break­through says, “While re­port­ing rape and mo­lesta­tion cases, women are por­trayed as powerless ob­jects, whose iden­ti­ties are shaped by the tragedy that be­fell them. They are wor­thy only of our pity, ca­pa­ble only of silent mourn­ing. This ini­tia­tive aims to com­bat that per­cep­tion by pro­vid­ing con­tent shar­ing plat­forms with graph­ics that can be used for sen­si­tised re­port­ing.”

A num­ber of il­lus­tra­tions de­pict­ing this change has been de­signed by the sev­eral artists from across In­dia. Hanadi Falki, an au­thor and a sketch artist who came to par­tic­i­pate in the cam­paign from Ali­garh, Ut­tar Pradesh says, “When I read about this ini­tia­tive, I felt con­nected and I have a back­ground in sketch­ing so I thought why not con­trib­ute? And it is an amaz­ing ini­tia­tive to bring a change.”

Some of the il­lus­tra­tions that take the fo­cus away from sur­vivors of sex­ual abuse and put the spot­light on the per­pe­tra­tors

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