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Exploring “Contempt” – An upcoming reading by Floating Space

By Groundviews - Thu Jul 13, 7:53 am

Featured image courtesy Pinknews

Manoeuvring power relations and negotiating the language of legal discourse – these are central themes of “Contempt” a reading presented by Floating Space, to be held this Saturday (July 15th, 2017) at the British Council.

Though “Contempt” is the brainchild of Delhi-based playwright and Assistant Professor of Jindal Law School, Danish Sheikh (who will be present at the event), the issues the play grapples with resonate deeply in Sri Lanka as well. Drawing from legal transcripts in the landmark case of Suresh Kumar Koushal v Naz Foundation, it explores the language of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which criminalises sexual activity deemed “against the order of nature”.

Riffing off the legal term “contempt of court” the play examines how people encounter contempt – not just in courts of law but also in everyday life.

“One of the interesting things about the play is that it echoes actual trial transcripts. There is something to be said for the fact that this is not imaginative language, but rather an imagination rooted in existing legal discourse,” founder of Floating Space Ruhanie Perera said….

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