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In my state, Bangladesh, growing up as a woman entails navigating a maze of a complex patriarchal compass. Along that way, gender minorities constantly encounter an assortment of fears.

With such a backdrop, Bangladesh is experiencing on average nearly 4 women, girls, and children being raped daily as rape incidents are on the rise. Social scientists, lawyers, and field-level crime investigators found that the culture of impunity, illegal use of power, political failures, lack of accountability of concerned agencies, and decay of social values are contributing to the formation of rape culture. In this terrifying manifestation of reality, even our unconscious is possessed by the fear of being raped. 

At such an intersection, Zana (pseudonym) and I engaged in an idiosyncratic conversation named 'River Runs Violet', to form a non-violent protest opposing the root of ‘Rape Culture’ in Bangladesh that has flourished over time. Zana's empirical ideations as a rape sufferer, as well as my own quest as another woman growing up in the same milieu, have transfigured our reciprocities into a multivocal visual correspondence in which responses from each end take diverse approaches yet they synchronically visually interrogate this specific context.

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