Delhi Slutwalk Arthaat Besharmi Morcha will take place on July 31st at 11 am. We'll start from Jantar Mantar down to the metro station in front of the parliament street, and back to Jantar Mantar."
New Delhi, Jun 18: The much publicised 'SlutWalk' is not going to happen in the Indian capital. Instead, it is the re-branded 'Besharmi Morcha', which will stage the protest to champion the cause of women's right.
'Besharmi Morcha', which in English means 'Shameless protest', has been rechristened by the organisers of the 'SlutWalk', to gain wider linguistic acceptability in India. They feel that many in Delhi won't understand the meaning of the word 'slut' and having a Hindi title can ensure more success.
'SlutWalk' activists are protesting against sexual violence and demand that a women be free of fear of rape to wear anything they like.
... The international SlutWalk movement started in Toronto after a police officer speaking in January about campus safety at York University said women should avoid dressing like “sluts” to avoid being raped. Since then, cities like Boston, Chicago and Hamilton have also hosted SlutWalks.
Few cities would seem to need a SlutWalk as much as New Delhi does. One quarter of all the rapes that occurred in India last year were reported in New Delhi. While 189 rape complaints were filed in the larger city of Mumbai in 2010, New Delhi had 489, up from 459 a year earlier, according to police statistics.
A survey commissioned last year by a human-rights group reported four out of five women in New Delhi said they had been verbally harassed.
Half had been stalked, and one-third were victims of physical assault.
It’s still routine practice for unmarried women here who claim they’ve been raped to be subjected to a so-called “finger test,” according to a recent Human Rights Watch report, to conclude whether the alleged victim was “habituated to sex” before being assaulted.
Sabarwal, the daughter of a former Indian Air Force pilot, says men in New Delhi are becoming increasingly shameless. She leaves her home in the north Delhi neighbourhood of Dwarka and drives herself to school in south Delhi, a commute that can take hours. Sabarwal says she won’t take the subway or risk waiting at bus stops.
“You have these police checkpoints around and assaults happen right in front of them by men driving around in their cars,” says Sabarwal, who studies theatre at Kamala Nehru College. “This violence against women is something we talk about every single day in our classes.”
The term “eve teasing” has become part of Indian lexicon, describing the harassment women suffer at the hands of men in public.
When she decided New Delhi needed its own SlutWalk, Sabarwal posted her intent on Facebook and other websites. The response after seven days was overwhelming, prompting her to delay the event by a month until late July...