Silent Protest Solidarity With India: Rise Up Against Rape
PRESS RELEASE: 11 January
SILENT PROTEST IN SOLIDARITY WITH INDIA: RISE UP AGAINST RAPE CULTURE on Saturday 12 January 2013 at the High Commission of India in Wellington.
A silent protest against rape culture, sparked by the recent rape and death of Jyoti Singh Pandey, will take place on Saturday, 12 January 2013 from 1pm at the High Commission of India, 180 Molesworth Street, Wellington.
Twenty-three year-old Jyoti Singh Pandey was gang raped in a bus in New Delhi and thrown from the moving bus with massive internal injuries that led to her death 14 days later on 29th December 2012. The Indian public and Indians internationally have responded in outrage with people of all genders, ages and from all walks of life taking part in protests to challenge attitudes, norms and practices that tolerate or even condone rape, and to demand justice. The protest, although triggered by recent events, is also in recognition of the threat of violence faced by many women, both in India and across the globe.
Those attending the silent protest this Saturday are asked to wear white as a symbol of respect for the Hindu mourning tradition. The silent protest will take place for 30 minutes and will be followed by a few short speeches. Members of the public may bring placards and posters to ‘speak’ and there may be opportunity for others to speak after the main speakers.
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