Hundreds march in New Delhi`s `SlutWalk`

Last Updated: Jul 31, 2011, 15:00 PM IST

Spicezee Bureau

New Delhi: Around 200 people gathered at the iconic Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Sunday to protest sexual violence against women. The Indian capital is the latest city to hold an international series of protests known as "SlutWalk". The gathering took place under the name of `Besharmi Morcha` (meaning shameless protest).

Delhi and the National Capital Region, which is infamous for being “unsafe” for women, has become the first Indian city to stage the “Slutwalk” thereby making it loud and clear that the city desperately needs to make women feel secure rather making them feel vulnerable.

However, New Delhi’s protests featured none of the short skirts, fishnet stockings or lingerie typical in other cities. But the marchers` message was no less adamant.

While millions of women in India now work outside their homes, the country is still largely conservative. Perhaps keeping that in mind, most marchers wore jeans and T-shirts or salwar-kameezes (the Indian tunic paired with loose pants).

The protests originated in Toronto, Canada, sparked by a police officer`s remark that women could avoid being raped by not dressing like "sluts."