Slut Walk in New Delhi India (and Poonam Pandey to lead Slut Walk in Mumbai?!)

It seems that the event, Slut Walk held today for the first time in India's capital city, New Delhi was a success. Poonam Pandey is reported to be leading slutwalk in Mumbai. The date is not finalized yet, though.

"Full support to Slut Walk in Delhi! n Soon u will see me heading the Walk Ahead in Mumbai... wish i was der at Delhi today for the slut walk," Poonam posted on micro-blogging site Twitter. After becoming a sensation in Toronto and Melbourne, the SlutWalk in New Delhi was carried under the name of 'Besharmi Morcha'.


In case you're wondering who the hell this Pooname Pandey is: she is the very same Pooname Pandey who during Cricket World Cup she announced that she will strip in the green room if India wins the trophy, but it never happened. Hur hur. So yes, I share your doubt that she'll be leading the Slut Walk in Mumbai. Heh.



Anyway, here are the 2 related clips for this Slut Walk event for India:


Slut Walk Delhi


SlutWalk Delhi 2011 arthaat Besharmi Morcha


DEMONSTRATORS in India's capital were due to hold the country's first 'Slut Walk' on Sunday to protest at an alarming rise in sexual assault cases and the growing sense of insecurity among women.

Hundreds were expected to attend the rally in New Delhi organised by 19-year-old journalism student Umang Sabarwal, who says it is time for Indian women to speak out.

'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.

'In India, no matter what we wear, even if we are covered head to toe in a sari or a burqa, we get molested and raped,' Ms Sabarwal told AFP ahead of the protest. 'If we are victimised, it is justified by saying we asked for it,' the teenager said.

Last week, a case widely reported in the Indian media illustrated the danger in Delhi where 85 per cent of women fear being harassed, according to a 2010 survey. A group of women were on their way home from a nightclub in a suburb when a gang of wealthy, drunken young men celebrating the purchase of a new SUV started following their taxi and forced it to stop.

A 24-year-old woman in the front seat of the taxi was dragged from the vehicle and kidnapped. Police rescued her several hours later after a car chase, meaning she avoided the fate of numerous other women in the capital who have been forced into vehicles in recent months and repeatedly raped. New Delhi now tops the chart of the most unsafe cities in the country, with 489 reported rape cases in 2010, up from 459 in 2009, according to police statistics.

From Straits Times, "Indians to protest sexual violence with Slut Walk".

So, Delhi is finally ready to witness its first ever Slut Walk. The organisers have openly declared on their website that "the permission for the walk has been granted by the Delhi Police" and "the Walk will take place on 31st July, from Jantar Mantar Road to Parliament Street and back". But Delhi Police has made it clear they won't allow the 'walking'.

According to KC Dwivedi, ACP, New Delhi district, the organisers have been given permission only to organise a gathering at Jantar Mantar. He says, "Since it is a morcha, we gave them the permission to gather at Jantar Mantar for a while, but they are not allowed to march or walk in and around central Delhi."

Tell him that the organisers have said they'll walk, and Dwivedi says, "Yes, they had plans to walk from Jantar Mantar till Asoka Road, but we've not granted permission for that. There'll be thousands of people involved, we don't want any mishaps." How about the participants gathering at the Patel Chowk Metro station? "They can assemble there, we don't have any issues with that, but we won't allow any demonstrations or even holding of placards at the metro station," says Dwivedi firmly.

That apart, Delhi Police is all set on the security front to ensure the safety of the women participating in the Slut Walk. "We'll have police personnel posted there. There'll be PCR vans patrolling the Jantar Mantar area. The organisers told us that they are expecting around 1000 people, so we will deploy police force accordingly," he shares.

Interestingly, Delhi Police has also levied Section 144 in certain areas of central Delhi.

Vijender Singh Pundhir, ACP, sub-division Parliament Street, issued a prohibitory order on July 28 for a period of 42 days. Was this done because of the Slut Walk? Says Pundhir, "This has nothing to do with the Slut Walk. The order was issued in the interest of the capital's security."

While the police is all set, Umang Sabharwal, the organiser of Slut Walk Arthaat Besharmi Morcha, is blissfully unaware of all the legalities. Explaining the route and the duration of the walk, she says, "We'll start assembling at the Free Church Gate by 10.30am, and from there we'll proceed towards Jantar Mantar." What about the police ban? "There is no ban.

Dwiwedi, he gave us the permission to do a small walk - from Parliament Street to YWCA guest house and then to Jantar Mantar. And we'll be doing exactly that. We'll have our volunteers present there, taking care of everything - from security to food and everything else."

From The Times of India, "Delhi ready for its first ever Slut Walk?".

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