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Harish Iyer remembers Suzette Jordan as he recalls her story at TEDx Talks.
Harish narrates Suzette’s tragedy in first person. Suzette Jordan was gang raped in Park Street in a moving car on February 6, 2012.
As she fought for justice, the society, the state and even the court of law humiliated her. People were judgemental about her character and made misogynist remarks. Her identity was reduced to the “Park Street gang-rape victim”. Suzette bravely retorted, “I am not a victim. I am a survivor.”
Suzette Jordan died of encephalitis on March 13, 2015 and her rapists were found guilty and convicted in December last year.
Her story, recounted by Harish, holds a mirror to the prejudices our society holds against a person who has been raped. The burden of guilt is placed on the victim rather than those who are guilty of perpetrating the crime. Suzette’s story needs to be retold because in Suzette’s own words, “Maybe it’s not about the happy ending, maybe it’s about the story.”
*Harish Iyer is an LGBT and women’s right activist and a survivor of child sexual abuse.
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