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No 'SlutWalk' in Delhi as 'Besharmi Morcha' takes over

By Biswajeet Panda
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    New Delhi, Jun 18: The much publicised 'SlutWalk' is not going to happen in the Indian capital. Instead, it is the re-branded 'Besharmi Morcha', which will stage the protest to champion the cause of women's right.

    'Besharmi Morcha', which in English means 'Shameless protest', has been rechristened by the organisers of the 'SlutWalk', to gain wider linguistic acceptability in India. They feel that many in Delhi won't understand the meaning of the word 'slut' and having a Hindi title can ensure more success.

    Mishika Singh, one of the co-organisers of the event was quoted by CNN-IBN as saying, "The idea is to reach out to maximum number of people, and people in India are better versed with Hindi than English as opposed to other countries/cites where the 'SlutWalk' has been a success."

    Meanwhile, there has been no consensus on the dress code for the event as so far in all international editions of the protest, women have been dressed in short skirts and hot pants. But apart from the issue of drawing attention to the event, the Indian sensibilities might make the protesters go in for some more covering.

    Ironically though, the march was triggered off after a Canadian police officer caused outrage by stating that women should avoid "dressing like sluts" in order to not to be victimised.

    'SlutWalk' activists are protesting against sexual violence and demand that a women be free of fear of rape to wear anything they like.

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