Saturday, July 30, 2011

Delhi's own 'Slutwalk' all set to grab eyeballs

New Delhi: It might not change the mindsets it tends to challenge, but Delhi's own 'Slutwalk', which will see women take to the streets to press for their rights to do what they like, is certain to grab eyeballs.

Four months after women in Toronto staged such a protest agitated by a constable's remark that "women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimised", some of Delhi's women and supporting activists will come out on the streets of the capital.

The event, that has been much talked about ever since it was announced, will see women start their walk from the capital's protest hot bed Jantar Mantar before travelling some distance.

"We have students and a number of groups supporting us for the event. We will hold talks, stage street plays on the way to highlight the fact that what women do and what they wear should have no bearing on the way they are treated," said Ritesh Sharma, a student filmmaker, who is one of the organisers of the event.

Labelled 'Slutwalk Arthaat Besharmi Morcha', the campaign has been active for a few weeks now, with a number of debates and discussions held on issues of gender discrimination and cases of sexual assault and violence against women.

While the event will not change stereotypes and mindsets, organisers said the message of the campaign is that women have to wear what they like and decide the course of their own lives.

The Slutwalk in Toronto where women walked the streets wearing striking lingerie garnered much attention. It is to be seen what response the Delhi event elicits.


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