Global movement kicked off

"While growing up in Delhi, I was molested at 14. I didn't know any better, so I came home crying. But when I told my mother and sister about it, they taught me to be brave and fight back. A few years later, my sister and I dragged all the people in a bus to police station because a woman in the bus was being molested. I was lucky to have a suppport system that encouraged me to not take things lying down," recounted TV actor Sakshi Tanwar.

She was among the panelists gathered at Jai Hind College Auditorium Friday afternoon for the launch of One Billion Rising (OBR), a global movement to end violence against women, by Tony Award-winning playwright and author Eve Ensler of The Vagina Monologues fame.

OBR calls upon citizens to strike, dance and rise.

Ensler said dance was their preferred medium this time to reach out to people. "Dance is contagious and it sets you free; it can make you feel beautiful and powerful. People should join us and spread the message through dance," she said.

Ensler noted the movement could not have been launched at a better time. "People of this country have woken up post the Delhi gangrape and protested vehemently against gender violence. We, at OBR, aim to do just that."

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