Through this paper I intend to do a comparative study of sorts between the Vishaka judgment on Sexual Harassment and the movement’s preceding and following it and the Blanknoise project. At the outset I think these two “women's movements” are very different in nature which makes a direct comparison impossible. The Vishaka case was a result of the country wide and specifically Delhi and Rajasthan based agitation against rape cases, while the Blanknoise Project was a personal response to a 19 year old woman’s everyday experiences of being sexually harassed on the street. Due to the reasons behind their foundation the movement’s themselves have taken very different forms.
I have tried to illustrate the nature of both these movement’s by looking at the history of the women's movement in order to trace the changes it has gone through and then proceed to look at the Blanknoise project in terms of a “women’s movement” using this history and the Vishaka agitation in order to locate this project within the larger framework of the women’s movement. I have looked at the women's movement with the sole purpose of examining the nature of the Blanknoise project.
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