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Remembering India’s First ‘SlutWalk’ Ever

Remembering India’s First ‘SlutWalk’ Ever

Kolkata joined the global movement in 2012 of protest marches against sexual harassment.

Led by a group of students and teachers from Jadavpur University and other institutes, more than 300 youngsters marched from the varsity campus to Triangular Park on  challenging the stereotype that ‘women are abused sexually because they dress up like sluts’.

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Young girls walked in all kinds of dresses right from sarees, salwar kameez to jeans and skirts to challenge the beliefs of those who accuse street sexual harassment victims of dressing immodestly in public.
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Participants painted themselves with slogans besides carrying posters and wearing painted T-shirts to spread the message that women have the right to wear what they want without fearing any kind of abuse.

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With similar rallies already organised in cities like Mumbai, New Delhi and Bhopal, ‘SlutWalk’ is part of a global movement which began from Toronto in 2011.

A police constable there had told university students to “avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimised” after which a protest march was organised where participants dressed provocatively to challenge the stereotype.

“We want to bring fore the point that one can be sexually harassed even while being clothed from head to toe,” Film studies student Sulakshana Biswas, told FSOG.

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