This is another piece I really liked, about the ‘spontaneous literature of outrage’ that the Delhi rape inspired.
In the early weeks and months of 2013, Delhi, the city and what it means to inhabit it, rather than the rape itself, was the subject of some writing online. Here are two of them. One of the first, by Prayaag Akbar (who tweets here) attempts to dispel the myth of Delhi as the Rape […]
numbers of small car sales, and profiles of buyers numbers of new private taxi companies in the city and data about their customer profiles numbers of mapping projects for women to record where they experienced violence pepper spray sales numbers of people on different streets across Delhi who can remember the police emergency helpline number […]
Facebook tells me an old acquaintance, an actress, is in London as part of the cast of Nirbhaya, a play written by South African playwright, Yael Farber, about the Delhi gang-rape and other stories of sexual violence. A common friend leaves a comment on the post about the performance, something like: “I have witnessed and […]
Reachable, near and unlost amid the losses, this one thing remained: language. This thing, language, remained unlost, yes, in spite of everything. But it had to go through its own loss of answers, had to go through terrifying muteness, had to go through the thousand darknesses of deathbringing talk. It went through and gave no […]
Berlin, March 11, 2013 Today I’m sitting down to put down some thoughts and writing that have brewed for the past few months. I was here in Berlin last December when news of the gang-rape of a young woman came in. I returned to Bangalore on the 22nd and for the next twelve days was […]
A lot has been said about, and since, the rape and consequent death of a woman in Delhi, India in December 2012. The incident sparked protests, hashtags, inquiries, welfare schemes, even names of trains in memoriam. I believe it is responsible for generating online conversations about gender based violence in India, and further afield. It […]