Durga Was Born
After the 2012 Nirbhaya tragedy, 38-year-old Bengaluru-based Priya felt that it was high time and something had to be done. This chartered accountant and a mother of two decided to start her own organization Durga, to arm girls and women with self-protective instincts to deal with sexual harassment in public spaces. The trust was formed in April 2013. At present, Durga’s core team comprises five members who are committed to women’s safety.
“Our Biggest Challenge: Getting Women to Think That They Can Be in Control of Their Safety”
Durga has come across several women who think they are weak and incapable of standing up and fighting for themselves. Their workshops not only help build their confidence but also make them come out of their shells.
From seeking permissions from Bangalore Political Action Committee (BPAC) and Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) to doing the pilot project and finding the right team members for developing the tools, the journey for Durga has, indeed, been difficult.
“Durga is not problem-focused. It is solution-driven and that is what keeps us going in the face of odds,” says Priya.
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“We don’t want to be a society that is breeding criminals. Why should we wait till something horrendous takes place? There’s no point of candle-lit rallies or protest marches afterward. We need to think above it,” says Priya.