By Nikita Tripathi
This essay is part of a series titled, ‘Challenging Visual Depiction of Women and Sexual Violence in Southasia’ published by The Southasia Trust. Editorial support was provided by Laxmi Murthy, Director and Pawas Manandhar, Program Manager, Hri Institute for Southasian Research and Exchange, an initiative of The Southasia Trust, Kathmandu. This article is available for free download and reproduction for educational and other non-commercial purposes. For any commercial reproduction, permission must be obtained from The South Asia Trust
The digital sphere is simultaneously a great equaliser mitigating social divides of the physical world and a catalyst for further exclusion, mirroring and perpetuating the violence women and minorities already experience in the ‘real world’. This essay is an inquiry into the contradictions in the digital public life of Nepali women who feel both emancipated and chastised for making themselves seen and heard.
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Nikita Tripathi is a Kathmandu-based journalist and researcher with over a decade of experience working in print, broadcast and multimedia. She has also worked as a producer for news and documentaries, and is currently writing her first film. Nikita is interested in academic and creative research on the social and spatial relations of class and gender, particularly in urban public spaces.She has a Bachelors’ degree in Development Studies from Kathmandu University. As part of the research fellowship at Hri Institute for Southasia Research and Exchange, Nikita presented her research findings at the 2022 panel discussion titled “Reel, Real, Virtual Violence and the Gendered Body”, and developed a digital interactive installation for “Create, Collaborate,Catalyze: Reflections on Sexual Violence in Southasia” exhibited at the 2022 Film Southasia.