The women gathered here on Saturday on the call of the Bharti Kisan Union (Ekta-Ugrahan) marched through the main local market to condemn crimes against their gender.
The trade unions of farmers and agricultural labourers, besides members of the joint action committee that Faridkot citizens had formed after the kidnapping of a minor at gunpoint, supported the protest. The women raised slogans against the government and expressed concern over incidents such as the Delhi gang-rape.
They protesters alleged political and police patronage to criminals in the Faridkot incident, and clalled for investigating the role of politicians, police officials, and jail authorites, since the abduction was brazen, and later, the main suspect had received mobile phone inside the prison.
"Male domination in society is responsible for the suppression of women from the womb to the end of their life," said Kuldeep Kaur Kussa, a trade-union activist. "Women without financial resources cannot hope to assert her gender equality right. "The role of the police isn't much encouraging in dealing with crimes against women," said Sukhdev Singh, another trade-union leader addressing the gathering at Faridkot.
The marchers also condemned some religious leaders for their views that had come out after the Delhi rape incident. Even girls were part of the protest rally.