22.6.05

DO NOT CROSS THE LINE

( the pamphlets were lithographic prints designed by the local printers. They were in both Kannada and english)

ALERT!!!

DO NOT CROSS THE LINE

SECTION 354: WHOEVER ASSAULTS OR USES CRIMINAL FORCE TO ANY WOMAN INTENDING TO OUTRAGE OR KNOWING IT TO BE LIKELY THAT HE WILL THEREBY OUTRAGE HER MODESTY SHALL BE PUNISHED WITH IMPRISONMENT OF EITHER DESCRIPTION FOR A TERM WHICH MAY EXTEND TO TWO YEARS OR WITH FINE OR WITH BOTH.



1.HOW HAVE YOU FELT EVERYTIME YOU IGNORED A STRANGERS EYES STRIPPING YOU NAKED?

2.HOW OFTEN HAVE YOU BEEN WITNESS OR MUTE SPECTATOR TO 'EVE TEASING'/ STREET SEXUAL HARASSMENT?

3. HOW MANY TIMES HAVE YOU WHISTLED, PASSED REMARKS, LECHED AT SOMEONE ON THE STREETS JUST FOR FUN?

street sexual harassment is an offence that has been granted normalcy due to its sheer daily recurrence.

contact us:
e: blanknoise@gmail.com
web link: www.blanknoiseproject.blogspot.com

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NAME/ CONTACT NO/ EMAIL
TICK WHAT YOU ARE


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VICTIM PERPETRATOR SPECTATOR

37 comments:

  1. Jasmeen, you guys are doing a magnificent job. I'll certainly be there with you on the streets whenever I'm in Bangalore next. Meanwhile, you're linked at http://breakthrough.tv/resources_details.asp
    Warmly,
    Monica Mody

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  2. Hi Monica

    thankyou for writing in and also for the link!

    Yes! do let me know when youre here in bangalore again.

    look forward to meeting you,

    Jasmeen

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  3. Kannan2:22 pm

    //Jasmeen, you guys are doing a magnificent job.//
    Aye aye...

    I wish this initiative all success.

    Will keep watching this space for future street events...

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  4. Kannan2:24 pm

    //Jasmeen, you guys are doing a magnificent job.//
    Aye aye...

    I wish this initiative all success.

    Will keep watching this space for future street events...

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  5. thanks jasmeen,for sharing this with us:)

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  6. thankyou for reading samudraa and everyone else.

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  7. this is a great movement, i face such harassment all the time. i'll spread the message and do let me know if i can contribute to this movement in any way.

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  8. good that finally someone has taken serious note of this. i face this on the roads everyday when i go on my two wheeler.thaks jasmeen.
    anu

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  9. I wish the girls in Madras would start similar something as well.

    You have a lot of courage!

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  10. Anonymous11:14 am

    More power to you !

    Your 'contact us' asks if I'm a Victim, Perpetrator or Spectator.. Would you believe it if I said, 'None of the above'. I believe I'm none of those three.

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  11. no i would not quite believe you. please explain yourself.

    thankyou

    jasmeen

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  12. hi everyone

    would be ever grateful if you supported Blank Noise by also spreading the word of 'sending me clothes'. We need to build clothes as testimonies of street sexual harassment.

    pls check out " DID YOU ASK FOR IT" - may 2005

    love to all

    and many thanks

    Jasmeen

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  13. chinmayee6:24 pm

    hi jasmeen - just to let you know that the interview is in the latest issue. the one with the reliance cover story.

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  14. Anonymous12:02 pm

    hi jasmeen,

    please remove the qualis foto and other pics of men who you thought were propositioning from the site. it amounts to defamation.

    if you have any genuine grouses, take legal action. but posting pics of this blog is wrong.

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  15. chinmayee12:54 pm

    i hardly think that posting these pictures amounts to defamation. as for 'thinking' it was propositioning, i don't think one could take it as being anything else.
    if these men were worried about issues like defamation, they should not be out there, indulging in acts of harassment.
    as for what is wrong or right, let's not even get into that debate.

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  16. thankyou chinmayee.

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  17. Anonymous3:00 pm

    I agree with you that it was probably propositioning, but posting pictures without proving their crime is wrong. Tomorrow, pictures may be posted of innocent men just to settle scores.

    Hence, please remove the pictures to avoid unnecessary legal problems.

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  18. Anonymous3:20 pm

    yes thats right, you have as much or as little credibility as the so-called accused men in the pcitures. Do not try to act like a modern-day vigilante. Remove the photos imediately.

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  19. chipmunk3:50 pm

    or what?!!!

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  20. mr anonymous and other friends of mr anonymous

    before you make such statements
    "you have as much or as little credibility as the so-called accused men in the pcitures. Do not try to act like a modern-day vigilante. Remove the photos imediately. "

    kindly innovate ways of proving
    the following

    1: leching
    2: making offensive gestures
    3: stalking
    4: touching
    5: groping
    6: passing remarks

    Does the so called victim have to experience rape in order to be clinically tested and then appear as PROOF TO YOU?

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  21. Anonymous2:44 pm

    what is your credibility for us to believe your accusations ???? how do we know you are not settling scores with someone who dumped you??

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  22. Anonymous9:07 pm

    i think i should start a blog "menace of road-side prostitution, post pictures of the girls i like and who don't like me and claim that i was propositioned by them.

    it as good a way of maligning people as you have come up with.

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  23. was just thinking about what you said about the demonstration with provocative clothes... and so.. i think that would really make a relevant point. that and all-women only forming the letters and maybe a brief session on the eve of just to share thoughts?

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  24. Anonymous2:05 pm

    hi Jasmee,

    Pls read this thing that was written about ur project and reply to the concerns of a poor soul that seems to distrust the real value of ur project.

    Thanks :)

    """"Then there is this blacknoiseproject that is being advertised as the noblest thing that mankind has come across after Brutus. What it really has is some pictures of women who have probably, not necessarily, been harassed. The pictures have been taken in a clandestine manner and once they have amounted to a significant number are put up on the website showing that the evil of eve-teasing is rampant in the society.

    So, what has the project achieved? There is no mention of any criminal even questioned, forget alone being brought under book. The blighter doesn’t even know that he is being observed. He has his cheap thrill and has moved on to secure his future. All these people distributing pamphlets on the road and all are of no use when they have actually left the perpetrator scot-free right under their noses. It is just like barking on the wrong tree or what ever the expression is. What it is doing is just spreading awareness of the existence of the evil and nothing more which is un-necessary because even the eve-teaser is aware that he is not doing anything civilized - ergo the site is stupid.

    Oh yes… I am not yet fully done. The project has achieved something else too. It has given a grand advertisement for the so called social worker and feminist, a certain Ms.Jasmeen, in the blog reading educated community. In a while she could well have some advertisements scrolling on her web site.

    Crime must be met with punishment, not advertisement"

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  25. hi hemangini

    yes that would be ideal. would you like to come for one of the meetings? we could discuss whether we should be on mg road again or shift to a locality...

    planning this on the 15th of july. also hoping to do something in majestic...but the nature of it will change once we get there...dont want to look like we 'stand out' in the majestic area...and fit in wiht the mg road area( which as of now we do)

    will keep you posted

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  26. Anonymous6:10 am

    *************************************************
    Q. Will man ever stop looking at you lecehrously?
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    A. Not as long as a man is alive. You cannot control if he will/will not strip you naked in his mind. It happens all over the world, to both sexes. Lust is not the domain of man alone. So no, neither woman nor man will stop doing it; perhaps you have heard the euphemism called "checking out". If you dislike this happeneing to you, I can only say that the world is not the way you want it to be. It is the risk you take for being part of the society. You probably derive far more benefits from interacting with people that you will ignore the inconvience/torture of wandering eyes. Nothing you ever do, will affect that.

    Besides, mentally stripping you naked, does not violate 509 or 354. It is neither "ASSAULTS OR USES CRIMINAL FORCE" (354) or "Word, gesture or act" (509). Mentioning that in your pamplet is a cheap terror-tactics, best left to fallen dictatorial regimes. I am sure you can think refershing and creative ways to spread you message without resorting to such underhanded tactics.

    Nag Raj Fan Club

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  27. Have you noticed all these creeps who come on the blog to insult you are anonymous? Such COURAGE, I tell you.

    What these idiots will never realize is that if you try to prosecute these men for sexual assault, you will face a lack of evidence, sneery denial from the perpetrators and policemen who will act equally sleazy with you when you go to the station stating that you have been a victim of assault.
    These bastards actually act as if feeling up women is their god-given right.
    I admire your courage, J, way to go.

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  28. Dear Dwarf:

    Have you noticed all these creeps who come on the blog to insult you are anonymous? Such COURAGE, I tell you.

    Gawlee! Brilliant observation, eh? Is it your training in science that gives you such shwred skills to uncover subtle truths that are obviously lost on the rest of us... Such BRILLIANCE, I tell you.

    What these idiots will never realize is that if you try to prosecute these men for sexual assault, you will face a lack of evidence, sneery denial from the perpetrators and policemen who will act equally sleazy with you when you go to the station stating that you have been a victim of assault.

    Ooh.. they dont have to realize what you want them to realize. They are already disgusted by your blatant self-promotion, and need for validation and vindication by strangers in khaki uniforms. Who's the creep - the person who desperately needs the validation of strangers, or the stranger who leaves a message that does not reinforce: "Oh..you are so great; so courageous.. life is beautiful and the raod is a bed a roses".. whatever.

    These bastards actually act as if feeling up women is their god-given right

    Rights are not given. They are taken. They are re-negotiated every generation. So, yes, "these bastards" are acting naturally because they claim what they desire, but you are the monolith who talks of rules and rights as principles set in stone, oblivious to change. Perhaps, you should stop praying to god for your rights, and reclaim them instead of squealing discontent at being felt up. The next time you get felt up, remember - "you are merely a free rider unwilling to expend the effort to bring about change, but perfectly willing to sit and moan about the sorry state of the world (with the exception of perhaps an occasional half measure)".

    I admire your courage, J, way to go.
    And I, your bizzare stupidity.

    Final Note: Charecter assasination is easy, as you and I amply demonstrate. Having the charceter to actually argue an idea inspite of it coming from an entity you despise, is hard. Perhaps you should find some charceter next time you trudge through the clothing store, buying clothes that you tell yourself "are the ones I like", but you know the truth - "they are the ones you buy for the eye-ball count; for the pathetic validation of your measly existance from total strangers". Tell me thats not creepy!

    Cheers,
    The Nag Raj Fan Club [ junk_alpha(at)yahoo.com ]

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  37. Kudos Jasmeen & team for this initiative.It is good start, in terms of mobilizing support & creating awareness.
    However I think all these efforts would go in vain if there is no support from the Police & the govt.The laws are there, but thr is sheer lack of implementation( as is evident from the blogs).
    I hope soon this forum gathers the support n mass it requires to bring the change that is needed.
    One suggestion, create a "community" on orkut.com(its great site do check it out,i think it will help in creating much more awareness)

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