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Walking for women safety

entertainment Updated: Mar 18, 2012 16:59 IST
Chetna Dua
Chetna Dua
Hindustan Times
Asmita Theatre Group of Delhi

Refusing to ‘let things be’, Let’s Walk Gurgaon, an activity group in Gurgaon, joins hands with Asmita Theatre Group of Delhi to come up with a three- point plan — Awareness, Action and Prevention — to prevent sexual harassment of women. “We need to work against women harassment on a regular basis so that such incidents are not repeated,” says Sehba Imam, founder of Let’s Walk Gurgaon. “Rape is an act arising out of inequality between men and women in society. Men need to understand that women are not their property,” says Imam.

The group’s protest will begin with a drum session by the Gurgaon Drum Circle followed by a street play titled Dastak by Asmita Theatre group. The street play on women harassment is inspired by real life incidents. “Let us stand collectively against the administration and wrongdoers till they comply to reform,” says Arvind Gaur, director of the group.

Besides raising anti-women harassment slogans and distributing posters, blank postcards will be distributed for men and women to write their suggestions to increase safety of women. These messages will then be compiled into a petition and will be send to the administration. “Issues like safety of women require a change in mindset that happens over a period of time with sustained effort,” says Kalpana from Jagori, a social organisation participating in the protest. Beginning today, the group plans to meet every alternate Sunday till concrete measures are taken by the administration.

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