A group of people in Delhi have come together to organize and march in protest against the growing incidents of sexual violence toward women.
The walk is being organized under the banner of “SlutWalk Arthaat Besharmi Morcha.” (Link to Website.)
The march is scheduled for Sunday, July 31, 2011; from Jantar Mantar to Parliament street and back.
Route for the Walk
The route of the walk will be starting from: Free Church to YWCA Guest House — Parliament Street Police Station — Patel Chowk — Patel Chowk Metro Station — Asoka Road — Jantar Mantar Road, and ending back at Free Church
People are requested to assemble in front of the Free Church gate by 10.30 a.m.
Inspiration Behind the Walk
The walk is inspired from the first SlutWalk held in Canada earlier this year, arising from a local incident in which a Canadian policeman, at a university student orientation, advised female students to “avoid dressing like sluts” in oder not to be victimized, as reported by the BBC online.
Outraged at the insinuation made by the policeman that women become victims of sexual violence because they “dress like sluts,” university students marched in protest against such offensive views in society; dubbing the march a SlutWalk.
Since then, these walks have gained momentum and have been held in many cities across several countries.
According to a written statement from the organizers of SlutWalk Delhi: “SlutWalk Delhi is a movement against perpetrators of sexual crimes, against the mindset that looks down upon anything that is perceived as independent and expressive. This is why we are walking; walking with pride.” “[It] is an attempt to reclaim our (women’s) public space.”
Since the word “slut” is unfamiliar to the Indian ear, the alias “Besharmi Morcha” has been added to the name SlutWalk “in order to widen the reach of the movement and to distinguish it from the Walks that have taken place in the West,” said Mishika Singh in a statement, one of the organizers of the walk.
“The idea is for women to have the right and freedom to choose, irrespective of where they come from,” said Mishika.
About the Clothes
According to a written statement from the organizers: “SlutWalk Delhi is NOT a skin-show parade. We do not expect anyone to turn up wearing obscene/vulgar/revealing clothes. The idea is to dress-up like you usually do — jeans, skirts, salwar-kameez, and shorts — anything that you would wear even outside the Walk.”
For More Information
For more information on the walk, you can visit SlutWalk Delhi’s official website: www.besharmimorcha.in
Also, watch a minute long publicity video on YouTube, presented by SlutWalk Delhi. Link to video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dw44Qqm6PY
[Editor’s Note: Jamia Journal is looking for a female Jamia student, who plans to attend the march, and is willing to write a report on the event.
Also, to whosoever reading this article, if you are planning to attend the march, we would like you to leave a comment below, declaring your intention to, in order to encourage others to join you at the march.]