“The rapist is you”: Kolkata women’s war cry against gender-based violence

Thousands of women have staged protest demonstrations in Chile since November 2019 with the war cry “Un violador en tu camino, el violador eres tú (which means “rapist in your path, the rapist is you”). It was first created by the feminist collective LasTesis, based in the Chilean town Valparaiso, and performed on November 20, 2019 to protest police violence against women and were country-wide demonstrations against the government.

Women from all ages, dressed in black and wearing red scarves and blindfolds sang a song that has now gone viral. It says, “The fault is not with me, nor where I was, nor how I was dressed… The rapist is you!” Similar performances have been replicated and staged by women in Paris, Barcelona and Mexico City, in the UK, several cities in India, and many other parts of the world.

On Saturday, a similar protest demonstration was organised by The Rapist is You – Kolkata Flash Mob. Hundreds of women came together in Kolkata’s New Market area to protest against gender-based violence and the government’s implementation of the National Register of Citizens (NRC), Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Population Register (NPR).







[Picture courtesy: The Rapist is You – Kolkata Flash Mob]

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