Two years ago, on the night of December 16, a young paramedical student was brutally gangraped in a moving bus in Delhi. The incident shook the nation and raised questions on women’s safety and a debate on sexuality has since been in the forefront.
To mark the second anniversary of the incident, Canadian writer and director Gillian Clark brings a compilation of monologues that reflects on sexual abuse in sex trade as part of Thespo. For instance, one of the four monologues is about a woman who owns a utopian brothel — the workers even have a retirement package. Another is about a sex worker in Canada who is invited by a university to give a talk on her profession.
For her performance, Clark made multiple visits to Mumbai’s red light district, Kamathipura, and her stories take inspiration from the many women she met while working with an organisation that rescues girls from sex trade. “Back home in Cananda, awareness of abuse in sex trade has been gaining momentum over the last decade,” says Clark, a multidisciplinary theatre artiste.
Her 30-minute multilingual piece will take on a cabaret style and will also include an original score addressing sexual abuse in sex trade. Clark hopes that the collaborative piece will connect with the audience on multiple levels. “The piece will be interactive. For such a personal performance, the audience cannot remain uninvolved,” she says.
Violence Against Women will be staged on Tuesday at 6 pm, Prithvi House.