Farzana Palathingal

Farzana performs a powerful, honest poem about surviving being raped, titled History Chapters

Flesh is Flesh is Flesh, conceptualized and curated by Why Indian Men Rape and Airplane Poetry Movement, was a performance poetry event held at Nine Fish Art Gallery in Mumbai.

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Nandini Varma

Nandini performs a difficult poem titled Loudly Soft Dancing p.2, where she speaks "to the man who spat paan at [her]".

Flesh is Flesh is Flesh, conceptualized and curated by Why Indian Men Rape and Airplane Poetry Movement, was a performance poetry event held at Nine Fish Art Gallery in Mumbai.

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Adrienne Thadani


An Indian-American, Adrienne came to Mumbai in 2010 to learn about her roots, fell in love with the country and stayed on as an organic farmer. Around Diwali in 2015, she returned home at night but the front door wouldn’t open. Neither the watchman nor the men he brought—who she assumed were locksmiths—were able to open it. As she sat alone on the landing outside the apartment speaking to friends about where she would stay, one of the men attempted to rape her.

She fought him off and pleaded with him as he dislocated her jaw, banged her head against the floor and broke her fingers, all the while trying to disrobe her. Eventually, she managed to get away, call the lift and stumble into it.

She says she felt strong and powerful after the act—she had caught the perpetrator, got him to the police, got two sets of medical checks, arranged witnesses and, basically, did everything she could to get justice. Two months “of hell” later, owing to the indifference of and difficulties with the law enforcement agencies, she was devastated and depressed. “What is the justice?” she asks.

A year and a half later, she tells Tara* Kaushal of Why Indian Men Rape of her difficult story from victim to survivor, and how she has re-found her voice.

Videography- Amol Kamat Photography | Production- Priyanka Sutaria, Arti Jairaj & Rumit Gambhir | Editing- Dhyey Chitalia & Shailesh Makwana (Picture It Photography)

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Survivor Stories

Survivor Stories is for survivors at various stages of healing.

For those at one end of the spectrum, still grappling and guilt and self-blame (don’t!)—here’s a reminder that you are not a statistic (because, #YesAllWomen!) and you are not alone. (PS: The Why Indian Men Rape team is here if you just want to Talk To Us in private, okay?)

There is no one formula, route or time frame to healing. Meet those able and willing to talk about their experiences (because the blame-shame is not theirs to bear); who are ‘accidental activists’ by just being their wonderful, empowered selves. Also be inspired by individuals at the other end of the spectrum, who have galvanised their personal experiences of violence into action, art and activism, affecting a grander societal transformation.

These are real stories, served with a generous dose of TLC.

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