Media Action Against Rape (MAAR) is a research and capacity building project led by Bournemouth University and UNESCO in New Delhi. Funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), MAAR is a 20-month initiative that will map the journalistic challenges of reporting rape and sexual violence across India, and build capacity to engender sustainable impact – specifically, for rape reportage, journalism education, and resilience against gendered violence towards women.
Media Action Against Rape (MAAR) is co-directed by Dr Einar Thorsen and Dr Chindu Sreedharan, both at Bournemouth University.
Neha Kamrani is Research Fellow on MAAR, based at UNESCO in New Delhi. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Delhi University, following which she went on to pursue her Masters and MPhil at Jawaharlal Nehru University. Her MPhil dissertation, New Rape Narratives in the Indian Public Sphere, is an academic intervention against sexual assaults as she worked on fictional and non-fictional rape narratives uttered via new media forms such as photographs, documentaries and blogposts. She has taught English language for two years at IIT, Delhi and at present she is researching on the aesthetic strategies that are employed while representing sexual violence on the Indian stage. Apart from being a research scholar, Neha equally enjoys outdoor sports and solo-travelling across India.
V S Sukanya is Research Assistant on MAAR, based in Chennai. She is interested in environment, human rights and gender issues. She formerly worked as a news trainee at Firstpost. She has travelled extensively and explored themes of organic farming, RTI, Gandhian living, urban poverty and so on, as part of her Class XI project at The School-KFI, after which she found herself getting increasingly drawn to the idea of developmental and environmental journalism. Sukanya minored in Psychology, English Literature and Journalism from Mount Carmel, Bangalore and holds a post graduate diploma from the Asian College of Journalism, Chennai, where she specialised in the New Media stream.
Keerthana Selvakumar is Research Assistant on MAAR, based in Chennai, currently pursuing her masters in Mass Communication. Her empathy towards fellow beings and her burning desire to tackle issues in society led her to opt for Journalism Studies at undergraduate level. She has undergone training in field reporting, news writing and feature writing, as well as training on multiple storytelling techniques. She is motivated by projects that involve fighting for the welfare of oppressed sections of society.
C P Shruthi is Research Assistant on MAAR, based in New Delhi. She completed her bachelor’s in sociology from University of Delhi and a Master’s in Social Anthropology from SOAS, University of London. She has previously worked as a mental health researcher for The Centre on the Death Penalty (now called Project39A), where she interviewed prisoners sentenced to death in India and their families. Prior to joining MAAR, she worked as a research assistant for a public health organisation where she was involved in developing tools for qualitative interviewing and worked on increasing the intervention uptake among participants of the project. Currently she is empanelled as a trainer for Delhi police personnel where she designs and undertakes workshops on gender sensitivity. A devourer of books, sarees and anything with cinnamon in it, Shruthi enjoys ‘people watching’ and yoga.
NewsTracker is a MAAR initiative co-published by Bournemouth University (England) and Ashoka University (Sonepat), in collaboration with Amity School of Communication (Noida), Docfort Meducation (Bangalore), Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts (Pune), the Department of Journalism and Communication at University of Madras (Chennai).
NewsTracker is coordinated by Dr Chindu Sreedharan, Dr Einar Thorsen (Bournemouth University) and Professor Vaiju Naravane and Professor K Hariharan (Ashoka University). At Ashoka University, the project is led by Anunaya Rajhans; at Amity School of Communication by Vidhanshu Kumar; at Docfort Meducation by Anna Thomas; at Symbiosis by Ananya Dutta; and at the University of Madras by Professor Gopalan Ravindran.
Reporters and Research Assistants
Meghana G. S.
Pranati Narayan Visweswaran