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

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.

Updated: Jul 31, 2011, 09:25 AM IST

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 on Sunday 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.

PTI