I would like to formally apologise for C’est la vie’s association with Performance Poetry, Kolkata and its founders, Ekalavya Chaudhuri, who has harassed women online, offline and physically for an extended period of time, and Janhabi Mukherjee, who led a smear campaign against one of the survivors and systematically, repeatedly harassed and belittled her.
I apologise for enabling the privilege that led to the silencing of the survivors so far and to the prestige and entitlement that inflated the perpetrators’ position in the cultural circuit of this city. I apologise for not doing enough to support and protect my friend who was one of the first survivors to speak out. I apologise for all these weeks I chose to ignore her pain and allow her abuser a chance for redemption when he deserved none.
Power to the survivors who have spoken out. Power to those who couldn’t. May you heal and fight back, the warriors that you are. Power to you.
This is a repost of the statement I put up on Facebook.
You can read the article I wrote for the Eye Art Collective on the issue here.