A new program gives teenagers in a Mumbai slum a chance to talk about gender violence — and the other ways girls are treated differently than boys. The hope is that a new generation will question traditional dynamics that leave girls often victimized and powerless.
Kanika Mishra had had it with the folksy 'common man' character so prevalent in Indian cartoons. She decided to create a 'common woman' and named her character Karnika Kahen which literally means 'Karnika speaks.' And speak she does, taking stands against sexual abuse and rape in India, and getting a lot of flak in the process.