“Slut Walks”, which have become a global phenomenon to protest against sexual violence, see women march dressed in skimpy clothing to challenge the mindset that victims of sexual assault should be blamed for the crimes against them.
But most of the women participating in the protest in New Delhi chose to wear loose T-shirts and trousers, as they felt the cause was more important than the clothes.
“It is time for Indian women to speak out and fight for their own security. Indian women are not sluts and men have no right to treat us like one,” 22-year-old student Ashima Awal told AFP.
A 2010 survey found that 85 percent of women in Delhi feared being harassed, and many of those at Sunday’s march said being groped or molested was an almost daily occurrence.
“Even if we are covered from head to toe, we get molested. Men just need an opportunity to harass women,” said Raksha Gupta, a housewife who took part in the protest along with her husband and her in-laws.
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