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Slut walk covers up

There will be no fishnet stockings and hot pants at the ‘slut walk’ in the Capital. Women will, instead, cover up for the anti-sexual harassment campaign, in a deviation from what their international counterparts wore.

tabloid Updated: Jun 11, 2011 14:19 IST
Neha Sharma

There will be no fishnet stockings and hot pants at the ‘slut walk’ in the Capital. Delhi women will, instead, cover up for the anti-sexual harassment campaign, in a deviation from what their international counterparts wore.

The organisers are asking girls to wear ‘sensible’ clothes to the event, now scheduled to take place on July 24 in Connaught Place. It was initially scheduled for June 25.

While the recent ‘slut walk’ in Toronto saw girls come out in garish makeup and short skirts, the organiser of the Delhi edition, Umang Sabarwal, 19, says, “Girls can wear whatever they want, because the point we’re trying to make is that it is not the clothes (that cause harassment).

Preetika Nanda, 20, the co-organiser, adds, “Here, our struggle does not start when we step out in revealing clothes, it starts right from the time we’re born. Girls get molested in salwar kameez, too.”

Participants are happy. “I will go for the walk in a kurta and jeans. I have never felt that we attract attention only when we are dressed in a skirt. Girls get picked up on their way back from office,” says Ahana Choudhry, 23.

The dress code has also found support from actor Gul Panag, who will be a part of the event. “Women here get raped when they wear saris and suits. So, there’s no need to wear skimpy clothes.” She adds, “Here, whenever a sexual crime happens, the CM, judiciary, police put the blame on the woman — why was she out so late? Why was she dressed this way? So when the state abdicates its responsibility, the next step is to arm yourselves.”

The police are braced to counter any harassment during the walk. “We will provide the adequate security and support when approached,” says Additional CP (New Delhi), KC Dwivedi.

How it started
The first ‘slut walk’ was held in Toronto in April this year, after a police officer said ‘women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimised’. The walk will also be held in San Diego, Chicago, and Amsterdam this month.