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Press Conference

The last event was a press conference. Following comes out a news report from The Hindu:

“The Daughters of Fire: India Courts of Women on Dowry and Related Forms of Violence” concluded on Wednesday in a fervent review and discussion about the three-day court.
Organised by Vimochana and the Asian Women’s Human Rights Council in partnership with close to 40 women’s organisations from throughout the country, “Daughters of Fire” drew some 2,000 women making this a significant event. The six roundtables had over 200 women each, and dwelt on some pertinent problems relating to dowry and domestic violence.

The jury comprised academics, activists and artists, who shared their experiences of listening to the testimonies of the women. Veena Talwar Oldenburg, historian and feminist writer, spoke about the history of dowry and how it had been perceived as a problem without any other surrounding issues. “I dug into colonial archives. The 1853 census showed an appalling sex ratio, and it pointed out that communities which did not take dowry were doing so,” said Oldenburg, adding that unpacking the gap between these two aspects led her to new trails involving the varying aspects of dowry.
Shiv Vishwananthan, social scientist, said: “There has been much talk of India and China’s combined capacity to become economic superpowers, but the one thing that the two countries have been able to do efficiently is eliminate foetuses,” he said. “This amplifies the signs of globalisation,” he added.

It was agreed that the role of listening, and the methodology used was crucial to the effectiveness of the courts.

“We interwove the pain, the politics and poetry,” said Corrine Kumar, International Coordinator, International Courts of Women while Donna Fernandes of Vimochana spoke about the need for a court of this kind. “The criminal justice system only looks at public violence and has certain parameters by which it judges a case. Violence against women takes place privately and some of the strongest testimonies are revealed in conversation,” she said speaking about the extent of the court’s reach.
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P7296175 Chitra Iyer and Lieve Snellings
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P7296230 Corinne Kumar
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IMG_1184 Nandini Rao
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IMG_1187 Madhu Bhusha
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IMG_1191 Veena Oldenberg
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IMG_1192 Veena Oldenberg
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IMG_1196 Shiv Vishwanathan
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IMG_1201 young journalists
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IMG_1204 Corinne give micro to journalists