Saturday, December 8, 2012

Day 14 -- Public Forum, "Breaking Free"

 Earlier this evening, a public forum was held in partnership with Puthiya Thalamurai. The speakers for the evening included Arul Mozhi (Advocate, Madras High Court), Prasanna Poornachandra(Founder, PCVC), Jothimani (Political activist, Indian National Congress) and Maithreyi (Writer and Journalist). The moderator for the evening was Tamizhachi Thangapandian. Speakers spoke about violence from various angles – the depiction of women in Tamil movies, the attitude of law enforcement towards victims of violence, deep-set attitudes and traditions in attitudes towards women. A survivor of domestic abuse shared her life story. Audience later got the opportunity to air their views on open mike and touched on the need to educate women on the definition of violence and the difference in rearing boys and girls. Some also shared their experiences with violence which they had witnessed in their friends' lives or even in their own families.


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