It was a protest condemning violence against women where no women, barring one, turned up.
The candle light protest at Jantar Mantar on Sunday afternoon was attended by a handful of students from IP University, Delhi University and Jawahar Lal Nehru University and members of some voluntary organisations.
One would have expected the protest to attract many more people, certainly more women, as it is a burning issue in Delhi these days.
Organised by students in the wake of increase in cases of rape and sexual harassment in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR), the protest did not seem to find favour with the victims of such attacks.
According to Delhi Police statistics, one woman is raped every day in NCR.
“Girls are supporting the protest, but covertly, as they are scared to lead the agitation from the front. They are afraid their parents may not appreciate it very much,” said Sonia Priya, the sole woman protestor.
“We were outraged when we read about the case of rape in Uttar Pradesh where a young Dalit girl’s nose, ears and hands were chopped because she resisted rape,” said Siddhartha Tomar, student body president, IP University.
“I got to know about the protest from a social networking site and decided to join in, as a lot of awareness needs to be spread about the issue of women’s safety,” said Anmol Talwar, a JNU student.