September 13, 2013
Expert on women's issues in India
The following University of Victoria faculty member is available to comment on breaking news from India today about the four men convicted in the gang rape and murder of a New Delhi woman:
Sikata Banerjee (Dept. of Women’s Studies) is associate dean in UVic’s Faculty of Humanities and a political scientist who focuses her research on women’s issues in India. She is available to comment on what today’s verdict means to the social landscape in that country. “This death sentence is not really going to change anything. Violence against women in most cultures stems from a patriarchal system that objectifies and devalues women's bodies, and India is no exception,” says Dr. Banerjee, who was born in Kolkata and was part of a UVic delegation to India this year. “Like most other cultural contexts, sexual violence against women in India is rooted in a misogynistic system. The interesting thing about this story is not the sentencing of these men, but that there was a nation-wide rally against rape led by middle class, young, educated youth. For two weeks following the rape, there was actually a national conversation about sexual violence against women." (Office: 250-721-7259 or email@example.com)
UVic-produced video interview with Sikata Banerjee:
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