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Rape & Redemption: The Changing Landscape of Gendered Discourses in Contemporary India

Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 5:30pm

Location

Fletcher Challenge Theatre, Room 1900, SFU Harbour Centre
515 W. Hastings St.
Vancouver, BC
Canada
49° 17' 2.994" N, 123° 6' 43.5204" W

Over the past few decades the ugly spectre of public sexual violence has become the daily staple of news featuring the Indian subcontinent. Following the horrific beating and sexual assault of a 23 year old medical student in New Delhi in the winter of 2012, numerous reports of similar incidents in other parts of India, involving women of all ages and backgrounds, including female tourists , birthed the notion of a 'rape culture' as endemic to contemporary India. Most recently, global outcry following the sexual assault of a student of Kolkata's reputed Jadavpur University added a fresh charge to debates on rape and the persistent failure of the Indian state to protect women.

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