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What's in store for the Delhi Slutwalkers?

india Updated: Jul 31, 2011 09:49 IST
Anjali Nambissan
Anjali Nambissan
Hindustan Times
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For all who've been wondering why there has been no buzz around the Delhi SlutWalk for a while, it's not because the organisers are slacking off.

In fact, they've been working super hard organising street plays and raising awareness about women's safety in remote corners of Delhi.

"We've spoken to over 150 people through street plays and discussions in remote locations all over Delhi," informs Mishika, media-coordinator for Delhi SlutWalk arthaat Besharmi Morcha 2011. "We've put up posters all over Delhi University. Central Delhi has been covered entirely and so have some colleges in South Campus," she continues.

The stage is set. The volunteers are overworked. The permissions have been sought. And they'll even give you a bottle of water and an umbrella if it's raining.

SlutWalk Delhi arthaat Besharmi Morcha 2011 will kick off from Jantar Mantar Road to Parliament Street and back at 10.30 am on July 31, 2011.

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"Our volunteers are running around finishing up. Our permissions for security and venue are in place. Apart from the walk, we'll have two street plays. One by (Arvind Gaur's) Asmita and one by another group from JNU. Delhi Drum Circle will also be performing on Sunday," says Mishika.

Why so mum?
And why have they been so quiet on the World Wide Web?
"Our initial events went into explaining what Besharmi Morcha is all about and why we chose the name. That's when we were active on social media sites and the web. Once we created enough of a buzz, people started coming to us in person, calling us up or writing emails. Now, all our efforts are trained at getting our message out to as many people on the streets of Delhi as possible."

It's not going to a gangly bunch of youngsters having a party and Mishika is quite serious about that.
"All activities punishable by law such as smoking and drinking in public places and such will not be tolerated. We'll provide people with drinking water and even umbrellas if it's raining."

Are you from Delhi? Do you care about women's safety in Delhi? Will you be there on Sunday to extend your support to Delhi SlutWalk arthaat Besharmi Morcha?
"We have no idea how many people will turn up. We initially got some 18, 000 hits on Facebook, but I can't say for sure how many of those will turn up. According to us, even if 100 people turn up but are driven by the message we're trying to get out there, I think we can regard that as a success."

"We've already finished most of our legwork. The Delhi SlutWalk 2011 is just a culmination of all our work over the past weeks," concludes Mishika.

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