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No drama as Delhi does the SlutWalk

delhi Updated: Aug 01, 2011 01:57 IST
HT Correspondent

What started as a one-off protest against a Canadian policeman's comment on women dressing provocatively snowballed into a global phenomenon and finally reached the Capital on Sunday.

But SlutWalk, or Besharmi Morcha as it was called here, didn't quite live up to the hype. The march missed the drama of SlutWalks across the world, where women came dressed to grab eyeballs. The turnout was also lower than expected.

"The organisers put in tremendous efforts to make this happen. But it is disappointing to see such a low turnout. While it is very heartening to see so many men participate, the fact that there are fewer women here is alarming. Outside this narrow stretch of Jantar Mantar, people are very hesitant to come out in the open and protest a menace that may strike any ordinary household," said Sangita Nath, a participant who was visiting from Bangalore.

Organiser Mishika Singh, however, was contented.

"Over 1,000 people came, excluding police personnel. I don't believe the march was disappointing at all. We are quite happy with the way it shaped up."

The police had a different story to tell.

"We believe there were 700 people, including spectators, about 400 police officers and 200 mediapersons," said a senior officer.

The first SlutWalk was flagged off in Toronto on January 24 and gave rise to copycats in the US, Australia, New Zealand, Britain and other countries. The march made its India debut in Bhopal on July 17.