06-APR-2015: Aligarh Muslim University's Department of English Professors, Dr Samina Khan and Dr Rashmi Attri recently delivered lectures in a National Seminar on "Empowering the Role and Images of Women through Literature: Present Scenario and Futuristic Contemplation" at M J P Rohilkhand University's Department of Applied English in Bareilly.
During her resource lecture, Professor Samina Khan expressed her views on the 'Women's Empowerment through Media and Literature: A Minority Discourse' in preliminary session of the seminar.
Expressing a deep anguish on crimes against women and giving references of NCRB data registered, every three months, Prof Samina Khan said that literature and media play a very responsible role.
She highlighted the narratives of rape victims from Gujrat, Muzzafarnagar and Kashmir and stressed that it is not mere confessional literature but it also ignites a process to seek empowerment and justice.
Literature gives a culture to imagine sufferings of the 'Other' and create a global and just society said Prof Samina Khan who added that parliamentary bills, acts and laws alone cannot remove deep rooted prejudices, inequality and evil from society. She pointed out that good and progressive literature, cinema, art forms, media, NGOs, civil societies and teachers create silver lining to social change.
During her lecture, Prof Samina Khan also resisted popular slogans like 'Look like a woman, behave like a lady, think like a man and work like a dog.'
Prof Rashmi Attri also shared the concern for the plight of women in her talk on 'Symbols of Protest and Empowerment in Dalit Women's Life narratives.' She tried to convey her message through the literary mode and highlighted different literary works to bring the narrative to the understanding and contemplation.