Priya’s Shakti

On 16 December 2012, a 23-year-old woman was gang-raped on a bus in New Delhi, India, She died from her injuries several days later. Many protests against rape and sexual violence took place in India, but some people blamed the victim. Ram Devineni, a New York-based filmmaker, talked to a police officer in New Delhi about the gang-rape. Mr. Devineni said, “I’m paraphrasing here, but he basically said, ‘No good girl walks home alone at night,’ which implies she deserved it or provoked it. I immediately realized the problem of sexual violence in India is not a legal issue but a cultural problem.” He added, “I spoke to some gang-rape survivors and they said they were discouraged by their families and communities to seek justice; they were also threatened by the rapists and their families. Even the police didn’t take them seriously.” Mr. Devineni created a new heroine whose story he tells in his comic book titled Priya’s Shakti (http://www.priyashakti.com). Priya survives a gang-rape but is then rejected by her family and fellow villagers; she travels deep into the forest, where the Hindu goddess Parvati grants her the gifts of fearlessness and the ability to influence people’s minds. Priya tames and rides a tiger, and then she returns to her village to begin her fight against rape and sexual violence. Mr. Devineni said, “The people have to change. But Priya gives them the motivation to change. She doesn’t force anyone to change. It’s always up to them to make that leap.” He also identified the main goals of his comic book: “Basically two goals: one is to challenge those patriarchal views and help create a cultural shift, and the second is to create empathy for rape survivors so that people who have been raped can report it and get justice.” The story of the comic book is by Ram Devineni and Vikas K. Menon; the artwork is by Dan Goldman. Download for free here: http://www.priyashakti.com/comic/ For More Information: Rhitu Chatterjee, “India’s New Comic Book Hero Fights Rape, Rides On The Back Of A Tiger.” NPR. 16 December 2014 http://tinyurl.com/n39ds7j For More Information: Geeta Pandey, “India’s new comic ‘super hero’: Priya, the rape survivor.” BBC News. 7 December 2014 http://tinyurl.com/mmgmv5g For More Information: “2012 Delhi gang rape.” Wikipedia. Accessed 17 January 2015 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2012_Delhi_gang_rape Download free eBooks, including books for teachers, by David Bruce here: https://davidbruceblog.wordpress.com/about-the-blogger/ Romance Books by Brenda Kennedy (Some Free) https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/smoothie2003 Free PDF book: Honey Badger Goes to Hell — and Heaven https://davidbruceblog.wordpress.com/2014/09/29/free-book-honey-badger-goes-to-hell-and-heaven-for-mature-readers/ Check out the rest of  https://davidbruceblog.wordpress.com/

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