From A Tribal Village To Receiving An Award In Germany, Jacinta Has Come A Long Way!
Domestic & family violence is no longer an isolated issue that needs to be veiled behind walls thanks to women like Kutchina Foundation’s Kritika Jacinta who has been crusading against such violence that women constantly endure. Jacinta Kerketta hails from Jharkhand and is a tribal poet & writer. These few words themselves sound appalling yet valiant, don’t they? Jacinta belongs to a schedule tribe and grew up in then Bihar. Since she was a kid she could witness the stark gender equality difference which her mother, sisters and she faced in the family as opposed to the male members. Family decisions were always taken by the men of the house, while the women languished in the kitchen, a culture she hated and felt to be very unfair. The community she belonged to never allowed women to step out of their houses let alone the sad truth about gender discrimination. Women had no exposure whatsoever. They were confined within the walls of their kitchen. Jacinta fought all odds and is now an eminent tribal poet & writer. She works toward creating a strong voice for tribal women and girls in the tribal heartland of Jharkhand. Heroically, she’d recently gone to Germany to receive an award for her amazing work on literature among Tribals and Adivasi women in Jharkhand. Now, this is truly commendable isn’t it? Jacinta had always been passionate about expressing her thoughts through writing and presenting them to the world. Her profound interest lies in enabling girls to express themselves through writing, thus letting the world know of their stories. She follows her endeavor to build the writing and photography skills of adolescent girls with a little guidance and training. Jacinta firmly believes that this project will make such neglected girl feel independent and provide them with an occasion to be able to express themselves without restrictions. It’s such a pity that such skills are barely tutored amongst girls and women, who have so much potential within themselves. Jacinta wants such opportunities to be accessible to all, so that the girls and women can make their mark in the field and on the world that conveniently chooses to pay no attention to them.