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Rape Culture

We are outraged and deeply upset at the grotesque sexualised assault on the adivasi woman who was stripped and viciously beaten at a protest demon­ stration by adivasi and tea tribe communi­ ties seeking scheduled tribe status and other political rights by “local” youths in Guwahati on November 24, 2007, the latest in a series of attacks on the bodies of the poor and the disenfranchised, especially women.

The recent visual reporting of the political battles between different groups literally enacted on the bodies of women compounds this violence as the media reproduces it only as spectacle. We are troubled by both the brutality at which the adivasi protest was punished by “civil” society and the gratuitous circulation of images of such brutality.

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