Spark Plug Films and Rotary Club of Baroda Present Shringaar: A Day In the Life of A Woman, A Two Minute Short on Street Harrassment. This has also been posted on the Facebook Page of Ourvadodara, the Vadodara-based portal where I submit reviews of Friday releases. Check it out.
Here is a transcript of the entire short, including a translation of the poem spoken in Hindi in the first minute of the short.
Shringaar (Make Up) : A Day in the Life of A Woman
I put on makeup
… they stalk.
Apply kohl to my eyes
… they humiliate.
… they leer.
Wear a dress of my choice
… only to be denuded by their eyes.
How can I call them men – when they sell-off their manhood on streets?
You don’t dress up for them. So why stay silent about them?
Staring at you
‘Accidently’ touching you
Pinching your bottom
Brushing past you
Whistling and honking at you
Making passes at you
Exposing themselves to you
Pissing in front of you
Masturbating in front of you
Can Lead To
Speak up and Raise an Alarm.
Call the police, speak to your parents, teachers, friends, colleagues or boss.
Do anything but don’t stay silent.
Naari (Women) against street harassment.
- Meet the Woman Who Waged an Artistic War Against Her Street Harassers (motherjones.com)
- Fear & Flattery: Why it is Difficult to Respond to Street Harassment (streettalkchicago.wordpress.com)
- The Invisibility of Street Harassment (streettalkchicago.wordpress.com)