While the world witnesses a wave of slutwalks inspired by the iconic Toronto Slutwalk, the Indian version has also embraced the concept albeit with a desi twist to the name. Formerly known as the Delhi Slutwalk, it has been renamed as Slutwalk Athaart Besharmi Morcha to make it more inclusive.
The Delhi chapter of the international movement was kickstarted by Umang Sabharwal, a student of Kamla Nehru College. Though scheduled for June 25, it has been postponed to last week of July.
The slutwalk movement has been grabbing headlines after university students took too streets over a Toronto police officer's flippant comment that women should avoid dressing like "sluts" to avoid being raped or victimized. Since then slutwalks have taken place in Toronto, Sydney, Melbourne, Chicago, London.
The worldwide movement is aimed at claming women's right to wear what they want without being branded as 'sluts' asking for trouble. The aim of the Delhi chapter is to combat culture of victim blaming in most rape cases.