Deadly Delhi gang-rape inspires award-winning play

Deadly Delhi gang-rape inspires award-winning play
Activists and social groups in various parts of the state holding rallies and protests.

NEW DELHI - Award-winning playwright Yael Farber, whose new work focuses on the fatal gang-rape of an Indian student last December, was inspired by the protests that erupted across the country after the attack.

"I remember feeling this extraordinary sense of envy when I looked at India... I mean - who takes to the streets anywhere else in the world to speak for a young single woman?" the South African said in an interview with AFP.

Shocked by the attack, she posted about it on Facebook. Bollywood actress Poorna Jagannathan saw the post and invited her to India where the idea for a play about sexual violence began to take shape.

"Stories stay in public consciousness for a limited time, you have to grab that window," Farber said, explaining how she chose to write and stage the play just eight months after the assault.

The show premiered at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and ends its run Monday.

"Nirbhaya", or "fearless", opened to rave reviews and won the Scotsman Fringe First award for outstanding new plays. Faber now has won the award three times.

The 42-year-old writer-director, raised in Johannesburg, told AFP from Edinburgh she was struck by the public reaction to the rape.

"I remember wondering what it would take for us South Africans to get on to the streets like this, what it would take to penetrate the numbness - what it would take to care," she said.

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