First ever BN DEHRADUN MEET!
Location: CCD, Rajpur Road
Action Heroes include: Dhruv Bhola, Priyam Bhargava, Aviral Singhal, Amit Das, Prabal Pandey
photo credit: Prabal Pandey
Time keeper- Amit Das
Report writer- Priyam Bhargava
Meeting minutes- Dhruv Bhola
Meeting started at 15:05 hours. Placards were placed to identify the members which were received with weird stares by the cafe workers(Don't worry were not going to start off a protest march against the formation of Telangana).Here's how the meeting went.
1505 : Priyam, the script reader read out the objective of the meeting. The following from our group were identified as15 10: The meeting started off with it's first exercise. Volunteers attempted to make an eye contact with a complete stranger and smile after the contact was made.We had our opinions to share.
Dhruv- "I made eye contact with this man sitting near our table because he was an easy
target. Apparently he was wondering what we were upto so it made my task
easy. Unfortunately, my smile was exchanged by a weird look.Obviously ,he didn't
feel comfortable and neither did I."
Amit- "I too found the same target.However, I met with the same result.I guess he didn't
feel comfortable with the staring and the smiling as well but he never found it
threatening.I felt uncomfortable carrying out the exercise".
Prabal-"I had the same target.He was an easy target.He didn't smile back just had an
awkward look on his face.He didn't find it threatening, just uncomfortable. I felt
(Later on we realized that person was none other than Aviral who was looking for
the BN volunteers.
Priyam-"I made eye contact with a girl about 25 years of age but when I smiled she looked
away.So I really can't say how she felt about it.
15 18 : Priyam continued with the script.Volunteers were asked to introduce themselves and give
their opinions of eve teasing relating to any incidents they may have experienced or
Priyam- Priyam works with an NGO called the Latika Roy Foundation for children and
young adults with special needs. Her concern apart from that of every girl related
to eveteasing was sexual abuse of people with disabilities too.
Prabal- A student of BTECH from UPES , Dehradun he is perturbed by the kind of
harassment that goes on in the streets which are faced by not only women but
Amit- Amit is a Law student from Gujarat, he got really concerned by eveteasing
when one of his own close friends got very affected by it.
Dhruv- Dhruv is in the Merchant Navy. His views were that eve teasing has been a
common topic of discussion amongst the people. One can never finish reading the
newspaper without finding an article about rape, sexual harassment or
misbehaviour with girls. Starting with small steps to create an awareness among
the people can make a major difference.
Aviral- Aviral is studying law at the Dehradun Law College.From his personal experience,
He finds it quite appalling to see the crowded buses in Delhi. For ladies it has
always been a nightmare..Having worked in call centres he feels Delhi will
definitely top the list when it comes to sexual harrassment".
15 45 :What are the words that come to your mind when we say street sexual
The response was quite interesting.
PERVERTS,PERSONAL SATISFACTION,,FRUSTRATED PEOPLE,NO RESPECT FOR
WOMEN, A WAY TO VENT OUT FRUSTRATIONS,PRE-CONCEIVED NOTIONS, NO
ACTION AT HOME, HAS TO DO WITH THE UPBRINGING OF THE INDIVIDUAL……….
15 51 : What does Blank Noise mean to you/what are the words that come to your mind when we
say Blank Noise?
Prabal - NO NOISE
Aviral- EDGE CUTTING SILENCE
Amit - SUPPRESSED VOICES
Priyam- SILENT SCREAM
Dhruv - HELPLESSNESS
15 55 : Everyone drew a garment they believe girls experienced harassment in(for the boys) and
what they have experienced harassment in or have seen others expeience sexual
harassment in(for the girls).The drawings had the following responses:-
Aviral's - Aviral drew a short dress with the words NUN printed on it.He sure has a keen
sense of observation.Short dresses are asking for trouble from frustrated
wolves.However, to contradict this if a woman feels hot why can't she wear short
clothes like men wear t-shirts and shorts.
Amit's- Amit believed that even if a girl is wearing something ethnic or even jeans and
tees she will get sexually harassed.
Prabal's- Prabal drew a chest printed t-shirt, skinny jeans and mini skirts.Short clothes
means bulging eyes and through the roof testosterone levels.Again, one can put
forward the point mentioned above but Prabal had his own views when he drew
Priyam's-Priyam drew a salwar kameez.She too had the same opinion as Amit that how
much a girl is covered doesn't make a difference,having seen a friend of hers
encounter a terrifying experience.
Dhruv's- Dhruv drew a short t-shirt and a mini skirt.
1605 : The letters were read and discussed.
We live in a world where it has been observed that the character of a female is not a matter
of concern at all.Some see them as a source of pleasure,that's it.However, even if a female
has chosen prostitution as her occupation or as a dancer in a bar, when she is off working
hours and goes to say watch a movie or shopping, people have no right to harass her. As
mentioned in the letters, women are citizens who have the right to go wherever they
choose to. Another interesting point noted was that MARITAL RAPE is not a crime in
India.One would think that education can curb the situation but what about Shiney
Ahuja? He is well educated, comes from a good family and
1630 : I NEVER ASK FOR IT CLOTHES COLLECTION DRIVE
Event co-ordinator : Priyam Bhargava
Event co-ordinating team : Priyam,Aviral,Amit,Dhruv,Prabal
1640 : BEING IDLE WOMEN
16 55 : The team decided to meet again on Friday, 18th December at 1700 hours, venue
Barista, Indira Nagar being a more convenient location for everyone. To recapitulate,
everyone was satisfied with the way things turned out. Although we were just 5 of us, it
didn't discourage us. Next meeting, we've promised to get atleast one more volunteer
each, hoping to get a positive outcome then also.
Felt very happy to see that you guys are at laest taking some steps for removing this dreadful menace of eve-teasing and especially street harrasment in Dehradun.
Would love to be a part of this campaign.
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