The Fear that Stalks: Gender-based Violence in Public Spaces
Date: 18 April, 2012
Venue: New Delhi
The United Nations Development Programme, Centre for Equity and Zubaan organized launch of the book ‘The Fear that Stalks: Gender-based Violence in Public Spaces,’ edited by Sara Pilot and Lora Prabhu. The book was released by chief guest Indira Jaising, Additional Solicitor-General and Caitlin Wiesen, Country Director, UNDP India.
About the Book
This book is an attempt to understand the causes, nature and consequences of gender-based violence in public spaces. It provides a framework that locates gender-based violence within the politics and dynamics of public space, and helps us to understand the commonality between these diverse forms of violence, ranging from sexual harassment, sexual assault, moral policing, ‘honour’ killing, acid throwing and witch hunting among others. The writers examine the idea of a ‘public’ space. Although by and large a notional space, they begin by identifying it as a geographical space between home and workplace, and then, go beyond this, to look at the violation faced by transgenders, homeless women and girls who live on the streets, as well as those who work in public spaces in the unorganized sector.