“I believe that to combat violence against women, we men, will first have to change: Aamir Khan, Actor
New Delhi, 30th January 2014: With just two weeks to go actor Aamir Khan has sent in a video message saying “I believe that to combat violence against women, we men, will first have to change. Raising our hand to strike a woman does not increase our masculinity. Instead, it shows cowardice.” Endorsing the call to action of the One Billion Rising campaign, Aamir Khan adds, “This year, in February, a billion voices will rise again to end violence against women. I urge you all to join in and become a part of this movement.”
“Last year on 14 February, about one billion people in 207 countries rose, sang and danced to this demand. But gang rapes, molestations, dowry deaths, abuse and many more such violence against women have continued,” shared OBR campaign lead for South Asia, Kamla Bhasin, herself a leading feminist and activist from India. “We are not going to let that drag us down. On 14 February 2014 one billion women, men and children everywhere will RISE, protest, dance, and demand justice,” she added.
In 2013, thousands of people came out on the streets dancing and rising, making a noise against violence against women across India. This year too, campaigners, activists, NGOs, schools, colleges, artistes and citizens across India have created plans for flash mobs, street plays, signature campaigns, public events, combating violence against women in the public and private spaces.
It’s estimated that one in three women will be beaten or raped in her lifetime – that’s 1 billion women. This year’s campaign is calling for justice for survivors of gender violence.
Some of the programmes planned in New Delhi:
Jamia Milia Islamia University students producing and airing radio programmes on FM 90.4 (audible in a radius of 10 km) – the programme called “Jaago re jaago, Dilli jaago” that airs thrice a week has content that challenges gender stereotypes. This programme was started on 16th January and will air till 7th of February and also mobilise more interest in the OBR campaign.
Students and faculty members of Miranda House are organising a seminar course on women and laws. The participants will include faculty members, police personnel as well as students from all colleges and departments of Delhi University in the second week of February.
Srijanatmak Manushi Sanstha (SMS)- NGO will organise local awareness campaign, nukkad natak, flash-mob dance, short film screenings between 8th and 14th Feb.
Azaad foundation that runs the only women driver cabs will be organising a street play and car rally across Delhi starting from the 1st of Feb up to the 14th of Feb.
Note to Editors:
- Reported rapes have almost doubled from 706 in 2012 to 1,330 from January to October 15, 2013.
- Reported cases of sexual assault (molestation) have almost quadrupled from 727 in 2012 to 2,844 from January to October 15, 2013.
- Over 85 per cent of rape cases investigated in 2012 still await trial (NCRB data).
- Only 24.2 per cent of rape trials actually resulted in a conviction (NCRB data).
- Cases registered under Section 498A of the IPC, which covers crimes of cruelty against women, showed a rise of 7.5 per cent in 2012
- Dowry crimes increased by 36.5 per cent.
- Census 2011, puts the child sex ratio at a low of 919 per 1000 boys.
- India also has the record of having the highest number of child brides – about 24 million – in the world.