Around 300 people will go on a march in Chandigarh tonight to 'reclaim the streets' in the wake of the stalking of daughter of an IAS officer by Haryana BJP chief's son and his friend.
The organisers of the match have created a Facebook page- Bekhauf Azaadi Mrach ( Marching without fear). As of now, 362 people are ready to take part in the march and over thousand people have shown interest in the event.
The Facebook page starts with a post - How safe are the streets for women?
The post says, what happened with Varnika Kundu has left the city beautiful in jitters. This isn't the first time a woman has been harassed on the streets and it won't be the last if we don't reclaim the streets. It's about time we smash down the patriarchal norms which restrict the women behind closed doors and set the culprits out loose to wreck havoc.
Streets are ours, roads are also ours, Night belongs to us and the moon and stars of the night too (Sakde bhi hamari, galiyan bhi hamari raat bhi hamari, aur raat ke chand sitare bhi hamare)
'Come out for the Bekhauf Aazaadi March and reclaim the night, reclaim the streets.'
The two-hour march will start at 10.00 PM from bust stop, Rose garden Madhya Marg and ends at Govt. Arts College sector 10, Chandigarh. According to Hindustan Times, the march will cover the popular 'Geri Route', glorified in songs on Chandigarh where "macho" men come to "look" at women.
The midnight march comes after Haryana BJP chief Subhash Barala's son Vikas Barala (23) and his friend Ashish Kumar (27), were arrested on charges of trying to abduct Varnika Kundu, an IAS officer's 29- year-old-daughter. Both were booked under section 354 D (stalking) of IPC and 185 of the Motor Vehicle Act (driving by a drunken person or by a person under the influence of drugs).