Women’s groups and citizens came together at Jantar Mantar on Saturday to protest against sexual harassment of women. Close to 250 people took part in the protest.
“Every woman in this city has a right to feel safe on the streets or within their homes. This is a platform to reach out to as many people as we can and demand increased safety for women. This is a responsibility which should be shouldered by the police and they are not even ready to let us protest,” said Vani Subramaniam, one of the protesters.
People also demanded an active helpline where women could register their complaints and get immediate help. “We have tried to work with the police but that has not worked,” claimed Maneesha Singh, who works with YP Foundation.
The demonstration also included performances by theatre groups enacting cases of harassment against women. “We are trying to make people aware that lack of prosecutions only encourages these criminals,” said Arvind Gaur, director, Asmita Theatre Group.