Darmiyan is a literature platform hosted by Shakti Shalini, an NGO supporting gender equality, individual choice and dignity since 1987. Shakti Shalini supports survivors of gender/sexual violence and works within communities to prevent the violence. 

Darmiyan hosts the life narratives of individuals who have endured, resisted, fought and survived various forms of violence and found support through Shakti Shalini. It is an attempt to acknowledge and take cognisance of their struggle and their strength. Darmiyan is also an attempt to bring to the forefront a form of violence that is far too normalised, accepted and comfortably weaved into the everyday with the hope of facilitating awareness, critique and change. In addition to life narratives, Darmiyan  also welcomes essays, short stories, poetry and other forms of literature that may contribute towards facilitating awareness regarding gender violence and discrimination. 

Darmiyan is written by a team of voluntary writers. It is a multi-lingual blog. Literature in any language is welcomed. 

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Domestic Violence During COVID-19 Lockdown in India: Report by Shakti Shalini

“The depth and scale of the impact of the lockdown upon domestic violence victims is yet to be discovered. Contrary to various hypotheses, Shakti Shalini does not expect there to be a sudden surge in domestic violence reporting and calls for help immediately post the lockdown. Rather, it is our understanding that the unprecedented nature and degree of helplessness, entrapment, isolation, and trauma experienced by survivors during the lockdown may have intensified the silence blanketing domestic violence. Moving forward, very carefully planned and coordinated structural and cultural interventions are perhaps required to lift some of the sense of helplessness, isolation, and entrapment experienced by victims, to begin the process of building their trust and belief in the availability of support systems, and to rejuvenate their psychological capacities to resist violence and seek help. Most importantly, responding to the impact of the lockdown on domestic violence is to be viewed as a long-term process that will require a committed and ongoing effort by public and private institutions ranging across mental and physical healthcare, legal support, funding institutions, workspaces, shelter homes, and rehabilitation programs.”

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