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Short film on violence against women released in Madurai

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It depicts different forms of sexual harassment women face in society

MORALE BOOSTING:Writer Gnani (third from left) releasing a short film in Madurai city on Thursday.— Photo: G. Moorthy
MORALE BOOSTING:Writer Gnani (third from left) releasing a short film in Madurai city on Thursday.— Photo: G. Moorthy

: Men who cannot accept women as their equals incite violence against them, said writer Gnani, here on Thursday.

Speaking at a meeting after releasing a three-minute short film on violence against women, the writer said men try to overcome their inability to accept women as their equals through violence against them.

He also flayed the practice in the society, where the women are accustomed to serve the men from a very young age. “The practice makes men believe women are submissive to them”, he said.

The short film, directed by the students of Madurai Kamaraj University’s Communication Department, depicts the different forms of sexual harassment the women face in the society and how they rise to overcome it.

“Nearly 25 students were involved in the making of the short film, which was shot for three months,” said S. Nagarathinam, Head of Communication Department in Madurai Kamaraj University, who assisted the students in making the film.

Produced by EKTA Resource centre, the short film is part of the ‘One Billion Rising’, a campaign on violence against women undertaken in 266 countries across the world. Bimla Chandrasekar, director of EKTA said, “One billion women in the world are subjected to at least one form of sexual harassment in their life time.

The ratio of women in the world is also on the decline. This is a cause of concern”, she said.

A. Santha, former head of Madurai Kamaraj University’s Communication Department, said, “Students should work with social welfare organisations to become aware of the uncommon causes in the society. Ethical issues should be discussed in the classrooms as well,” she said.

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