28.7.15

The Empty Chair

Source: New York Magazine 



‘I’m No Longer Afraid’: 35 Women Tell Their Stories About Being Assaulted by Bill Cosby, and the Culture That Wouldn’t Listen.



#TheEmptyChair is safe, and an invitation. Resonating #INeverAskForIt.  No excuse for sexual violence. I Never Ask For It . 

19.7.15

Keenan-Reuben Case Timeline 2011- Present


Keenan-Reuben Case Timeline 2011-Present


2011:

Date: 20th Oct 2011

Incident:

Stabbing Of Keenan and Rueben

Description:

Keenan and Reuben were attacked, leading to their death, when they tried to protect their female friends from the group of eve-teasers. While Keenan died the same day, Reuben, who had sustained multiple stab injuries, succumbed on October 31, 2011.

source : Sakaal Times

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Date: 20th Oct 2011

Incident:

The four main perpetrators are caught

Description:

The four accused, Jitendra Rana (25), Sunil Bote (20), Satish Dulgaj (35) and Deepak Tival (19) were arrested by the police on the night of the incident. They were put in police remand and the DN Nagar police station started investigating the case.

Link:


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Date: 31st Oct 2011

Incident:

Reuben Dies in hospital

Description:

Reuben was operated on Sunday afternoon after he had sudden massive internal bleeding from the abdomen. He remained critical in the ICU, and despite all efforts to save him, succumbed to his injuries.

Link:


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Date: 3rd Nov 2011

Incident:

Keenan’s girlfriend describes events

Description:

Priyanka Fernandes speaks about her horrifying ordeal on October 20, when she lost her boyfriend Keenan Santos and friend Reuben Fernandes, who stood up to some local goons who were harassing the girls in their group.

Link:


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Date: 3rd Nov 2011

Incident:

Activism on Social Media

Description:

• On Facebook, a page has been created under “Zero Tolerance Campaign” against what is proverbially (and ridiculously) deemed “eve-teasing.” Campaign coordinator Maitreyee Achadhat said that the page is a “forum for discussion and awareness on the issue.”

• A Facebook group – “Keenan Santos” - already has more than 46,000 members. Public frustration over the lack of strong laws to counter misbehavior and harassment is a strong theme.

• Sympathy tweets poured in for the victims as people demanded justice. Nikhil Chinapa, a DJ and MTV anchor, wrote:, “Why can’t our legal system fast-track these cases? Isn’t it in everyone’s best interest to conduct a swift trial?”

Link:


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Date: 4th Nov 2011

Incident:

The Mumbai court remands four suspects

Description:

The Mumbai court remands four youths, charged with the killing of Keenan and Reuben who protested their attempts to harass their women friends, in judicial custody till November 18, police said.

Link:

• NDTV

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Date: 5th Nov 2011

Incident:

The Chief Minister of Maharashtra promises quick action

Description:

Maharashtra chief minister Prithivraj Chavan promises strict action against those accused and even assuring to have a strong law against eve-teasing. 

Link:


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Date: 18th Nov 2011

Incident:

Judicial Custody of the accused Extended till December 2nd

Description:

Judicial custody of the four prime accused in connection with the infamous Keenan-Reuben murder happened at Mumbai city before several onlookers on October 19, 2011, has been extended up to December 2.  

Link:


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Date: 9th Dec 2011

Incident:

Reuben and Keenan receive Godfrey Phillips Bravery Zone Awards 2011

Description:

Reuben Fernandez and Keenan Santos, are awarded Godfrey Phillips Bravery Zone Awards 2011, posthumously. 


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Date: 16th Dec 2011

Incident:

Custody hearing is expected on the 16th of December

Description:

Reuben and Keenan's families await the custody hearing.

Link:


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2012:


Date: March 2012

Incident:

Case was moved to the Fast Track Court

Description:

Following a public outcry, the case was transferred to the fast track court in Sewri in March.

Link:


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Date: 27th April 2012

Incident:

Mumbai Police are to Frame charges

Description:

Charges will be framed in the Keenan-Reuben murder case

Link:


·      CNN IBN

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Date: 19th Oct 2012

Incident:

The case progresses slowly

Description:

A year later, the case progressed very slowly. Keenan's father Valerian Santos said that since February, the date for framing of charges has been assigned at least 20 times, and each time it has been postponed.

Link:

CNN IBN 

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Date: 20th Oct 2012

Incident:

An anniversary march to remember Keenan and Reuben takes place

Description:

More than 200 people marched from Amboli church to the grave of Keenan Santos on the occasion of his first death anniversary 

Link:


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Date: 23rd Oct 2012

Incident:

Charges are finally framed in Keenan-Reuben case

Description:

The court framed charges against the accused for murder, conspiracy and molestation

Link:



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Date: 6th Nov 2012

Incident:

The Case to begin In November

Description:

The trial in the Reuben and Keenan murder case is slated to begin on November 6, more than a year after they were killed on the streets of Mumbai. 

Link:


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Date: 27th Dec 2012

Incident:

First Witness to Depose in Court

Description:

Avinash Solanki, who is the complainant and also an eye-witness in the case, will depose in the court. 

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2013:

Date: 15th Jan 2013

Incident:

Day-to-Day trial begins in fast track court on 15th Jan

Description:

A fast track court started hearing the Keenan Santos and Reuben Fernandez murder case trial on day-to-day basis from January 15. Over two months after the charges were framed against four persons by a sessions court.

Link:


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Date: 19th Jan 2013

Incident:

A hearing on the Keenan- Reuben case takes place 24th January

Description:

The Sewri fast track court said to hear the Keenan Santos and Reuben Fernandez murder case trial on January 24.

Link:


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Date: 25th Jan 2013

Incident:

Hearing In the Keenan-Reuben Case

Description:

During the previous hearing on January 15, the defense sought the station diary and other documents.

Link:


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Date: 27th Feb 2013

Incident:

Keenan-Reuben case: complainant appeals for case to be heard by woman judge

Description:

One of the complainants in the Keenan and Reuben murder case appealed to a court in Mumbai to appoint a woman judge to hear the case. He pointed out that some of the key eyewitnesses of the 21 listed by the prosecution were women.

Link:
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Date: 5th March 2013

Incident: Hearing in Keenan-Reuben murder case put off to March 5

Description:

Avinash Solanki, one of the complainant and eye-witness in the case, deposed in the court

Link:

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Date: 19th March 2013

Incident: Keenan-Reuben Case in the Women's Court

Description:

Keenan-Reuben murder case is transferred to the women’s court presided over by judge Vrushali Joshi.

Link:

DNA India 

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Date: 17th April 2013

Incident: Trial in the Keenan-Rueben case begins

Description:

·      A-year-and-a-half after Keenan Santos and Reuben Fernandez were killed the trial in the case began at the special women court.

·      21 people were booked for murder, conspiracy and molestation in the case. The arrested accused Jitendra Rana, Sunil Bodh, Satish Dulhaj and Dipak Tival were booked for murder, criminal conspiracy, using word, gesture or committing any act intended to insult the modesty of a woman and intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace and under Bombay Police Act.

Link:


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2014:

Date: 22nd Jan 2014

Incident:

The case to be heard on Jan 22

Description:


Link:

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Date: 14th May 2014

Incident:

The deposition of key eyewitness

Description:

Avinash Bali, a key witness completes his deposition at the special women’s court.

Link:

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Date: 2nd July 2014

Incident:
A second witness identifies accused, weapons used in crime

Description:

A second witness, in her deposition had identified the vulgar comments made by the accused and the knife used by them. So far, 11 witnesses had testified in the court by this time.

Link:


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2015:

Date: 9th Feb 2015

Incident:

Reuben’s brother , Benjamin Speaks about the slowness  'fast track' trial

Description:

Benjamin Stated, “We were expecting the fast track court to wrap up the case in a year's time. We are trying to get public opinion rolling again and it has to be bigger this time around. (Keenan and Reuben were) men who took a stand not for themselves but for others dearest to them. And they would have done it for any other innocent life as well. For too long have we patiently endured the judicial system in India, (but) now it's been too long. And it's time for us to stop having patience. Justice delayed is justice denied,''

Link:


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Date: 7th June 2015

Incident:

Mr. Valerien Santos talks to DNA about the status of the court and Judicial System in “Keenan-Reuben murder case: A desperate father fights on to expose faults in the judicial system”

Description:


Link:



Researched and compiled by Vira Mistry



13.7.15

International Award For Public Art 2015

Yelahanka Action Heroes building the 'Safest Lane'
(Srishti Institute of Art Design and Technology)

We are really pleased to share that our project ' Talk To Me ' was the recipient of the International Award For Public Art , 2015!

The IAPA has been established by Forecast Public Art along with Shanghai University's College of Fine Arts.

Jurors for IAPA 2015 :  Rhana Devenport (New Zealand), Wang Dawei (China), Ute Metea Bauer (Singapore), Jay Pather (South Africa), Bill Kelley, Jr. (U.S.A.), Chelsea Haines (U.S.A.), and Pooja Sood (India

The award ceremony took place on July 1st, 2015,  in Auckland, during the conference, Cities in a Climate of Change. IAPA co hosted by University of Auckland, Elam School of Fine Arts, Shandong University of Art and Design.

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Blank Noise has been hand made, by so many of you, across histories and geographies. 
To every Action Hero who stepped in and has built this place. 
Here's celebrating you with this award.

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Thank you Srishti Institute of Art Design and Technology for hosting and supporting Blank Noise over the years. We started our as a student project at Srishti in 2003, and have been housed there since 2013 as artists in residence.

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Thank you Leon Tan, for researching our project for IAPA.

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Thank you Sarah Goodyear for writing this piece when we first published 'Talk To Me'
Your writing connected this idea with so many more Action Heroes globally.

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Thank you IDEO.ORG for the ongoing work towards building the 'Talk To Me' tool kit.

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27.6.15

BangaloResidency with Goethe Institute Bangalore


We are delighted to announce and welcome Sabine Felber, artist in residence with the 
I Never Ask For It campaign! 

This has been made possible with the generous support of the 
Goethe Institute BangaloREsidency

We also thank Srishti Institute of Art Design and Technology for their generosity and support towards hosting us as Blank Noise, and our fellow artist in resident, Sabine. 

Date : July until August 2015.



23.6.15

Widow. Desire. Conduct. Code. I Never Ask For It



Action Hero Sapna was widowed five years ago. Sapna is expected to wear white or dull colours and live a life of mourning. She contributes to the I Never Ask For It campaign with her desire to wear red. She was harassed and taunted for wanting to wear this garment. She says " It's my wish and my right. I will wear it . I Never Ask For It "

June 23rd marks International Widows Day.  

Build the I Never Ask For It campaign with your testimony . 
Garment is Witness. Evidence. Memory. 

What does being 'Action Hero' mean to you?

black board text by 'Yelahanka Action Heroes'
students at Srishti Institute of Art , Design and Technology in 2012
after a month long workshop with Blank Noise
on being 'Action Heroes'

19.6.15

Since 2012

Are you group/ organisation that formed after Delhi Gang Rape, 2012 ? ​( Do you know of a group )​We would like to list you and your area of work to create insight on recent organising. Please email in at blurtblanknoise@gmail with a short description of your focus area.We and many more get asked " what has changed since 2012 ?​ " Your new efforts are part of what's changing . Thank you. 

12.6.15

#INeverAskForIt Network-Nominate an 'Action Hero'!

Know someone or a group that does some incredible work on tackling‪#‎sexualviolence‬? Admire an actor, dancer, teacher, gynaecologist, programmer, rapper, singer, filmmaker, poet, neighbour, best friend for their zero tolerance for victim blaming? It even could be you!
Nominate them- or yourself- for the global ‪#‎INeverAskForIt‬ campaign. We'll be getting in touch with all nominees to build actions through which we can all say, #INeverAskForIt.

* Form designed by Action Hero , Rishita Nandagiri

11.6.15

Action Heroes on board as Evidence Gatherers For the I Never Ask For It campaign: Phase 3


Satya Gummuluri 
Ulm Germany
Satya is an artist originally from Bombay. She works with music, writing and
photography, as well as doing freelance translation, editorial and research
work. She has performed and recorded with jazz, world and improvised music
and dance groups in the US, Portugal and India.

Lijya Perayil 
Pune, India
I am currently a student of development at the Azim Premji University in
Bangalore. Conversations and spaces through which gender traverse leave
me fascinated. I love to  recycle, philosophize and travel.

Dr. Preeti Chawla
Bombay, India
I am a doctor & lecturer by profession, with an inclination for women
empowerment , child welfare and motivating the general masses towards
living a fuller life.

Sukriti Suryavanshi
Jaipur / Bangalore, India
My name is Sukriti Suryavanshi, I study Fashion and Design. I read Kamala
Das when no body is looking.

Abhisikta Dasgupta
Hyderabad, India
Hi, I am Abhisikta. I am an Engineer by profession but a rebel, a nomad and
an action hero at heart. I love reading, travelling, painting, dancing and I
speak 4 languages - English, Hindi, Bengali and Tamil (broken).

Ameya Gutta
Goa, India
I'm Ameya - Action Hero, aspiring filmmaker with a passion for
literature, media and culture, in-the-process feminist, lately bitten by the travel
bug.

Neeha Mujeeb
Istanbul, Turkey
Digital analyst, writer, global nomad

Abhishek Chaudhury
New Delhi, India
I am Abhishek Chaudhary, a visual artist and writer.

Anukriti Singh
Lucknow, India

Gynaecologists We Trust: From Amba Azad and Team


Last week Amba Azad tweeted a call for contributions, titled ' Gynaecologists We Trust' .

Initiated by @AmbaAzad and Team

This is an attempt to crowdsource a directory of trustworthy gynaecologists. Finding doctors who are on our side is hard enough, and when it comes to something as intimate as our internal plumbing, it's even more difficult.
We need gynaes who are well-trained, affordable, reassuring, and above all, respectful of any sexual or lifestyle choices we make.
We need doctors who know that not all people want their uterus, and that not all people with uteri are women.
We need medical expertise devoid of moral judgements regarding how we use our bodies.
And we need compassionate care that we can rely on when we are scared, in pain and sick, without any shaming for being promiscuous, queer, single, trans, abused, kinky, disabled, fat, childless, or any other aspect of our social identity that should have no relevance to the quality of medical care we deserve.
The folks who’ve spent time and energy filling out our survey to help us crowdsource this list have our gratitude! Our survey remains open, and if you have a positive experience with a gynaecologist whom you’d like to see included on this list, please do fill out the form yourself to share their info with us - http://goo.gl/forms/SL8WLOIqo9
If you have questions or feedback about this project, you can get in touch with us via email (docrecs@gmail.com), twitter (@AmbaAzaad) or by filling out the last question of our form along with an email address we can reach you at. (http://goo.gl/forms/SL8WLOIqo9).
Find a recommended gynaecologist in your city!