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Kochi joins world in rising protest

DC | 15th Feb 2013
Artist Kabita Mukhopadhyay takes part in the ‘One Billion rising campaign’, a global campaign to end violence against women, held at Mananchira in Kozhikode on Thursday.DC
Artist Kabita Mukhopadhyay takes part in the ‘One Billion rising campaign’, a global campaign to end violence against women, held at Mananchira in Kozhikode on Thursday.DC

Kochi: People from various walks of life including hundreds of women took a pledge and dan­ced their heart out at the Durbar Hall grounds here on Thursday eve­ning as part of the global movement, ‘One Billion Rising’ to protest the rising atrocities against women.

Kochi was one of the centres across 197 countries where the novel protest, initiated by play­wright and activist Eve Ensler, was simultaneously held. Singer Usha Uthup and former Kerala High Court Chief Justice Usha Suku­ma­ran led the movement with the theme ‘Strike, Dance and Rise’.

It all began with a rally from Rajendra Maidan to the Durbar Hall gro­und, where an installation by artist Sajitha Sh­a­nkar was showcas­ed. Former supreme cou­rt judge Justice V.R. Kri­shna Iyer, who pre­sided over the function, joined hundreds in taking an oath to make the world a safer place for women.

“Men should play a vital role in supporting their wives, mothers and daughters”, Justice Krishna Iyer said.

Soon the stage was set afire with Usha Uthup rendering ‘Ente Kerala Etram Sundaram….’ and following it up with ‘Bindiya Chamkegi….’ with the audience shaking their legs.  

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