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"BESHARMI MORCHA": Delhi stages ‘Slutwalk’ against sexual violence!


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PTI / The Hindu / NEW DELHI, July 31, 2011.

A foreigner holds a placard during the 'SlutWalk Artharth Besharmi Morcha' or 'Slutwalk' in New Delhi on Sunday.
A foreigner holds a placard during the 'SlutWalk Artharth Besharmi Morcha' or 'Slutwalk' in New Delhi on Sunday - PTI.

‘You stare at me not because of my clothes but because I’m a woman’, read one of the placards as the recently famous ‘slutwalk’ protests against sexual violence reached Delhi.

Cutting across age and gender, protesters marched to the Jantar Mantar under the ‘Slutwalk Arthaat Besharmi Morcha’ campaign to raise their voice against the attitude of blaming rape or sexual harassment on any aspect of a woman’s appearance.

The rally was held amid tight security but unlike in other parts of the world, women participants didn’t dress ‘provocatively’ here.

“The purpose of this Slutwalk is to address the three important issues of gender inequality, gender stereotypes and victim blaming,” Mishika Singh, one of the organisers of the event said.

In Delhi, the name of the campaign was changed to ’SlutWalk Arthaat Besharmi Morcha’ from the original ’Slutwalk’ after activists protested the use of the term ’slut.’

Nishta, a housewife had come all the way from Manesar, about 35 km from here, along with her two-year-old child to lodge her protest against “indifference” towards women.

“I have come here so that my daughter doesn’t have to be a part of such an event in future. If we don’t protest now, they’ll face the same violence, misbehaviour and indifference when they grow up.


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