What was poised to be a walk symbolizing the liberation of women and their opposition to the stereotypical mindset of society resulted into a symposium of amateur photographers, hushed perverts, journalists, police officers and volunteers.
The slut walk arthat besharmi morcha 2011 fizzled under excessive media publicity and police cover. An event expecting over 1000 attendees had hardly one tenth the anticipated turnover.
A majority of the participants were either of non-Indian ethnicity who were driven by the hype of successful slutwalks in other parts of the world or were menfolk on the lookout for a public display of skin.
Conversations of men attending the march were overheard and none seemed to be impressed by the motive of the walk. Media personnel were seen hounding the most provocative individuals hoping to capitalize on the most attractive visuals.
The slutwalk conceded after a brief march chanting slogans for gender equality and condemning oppression of women. The highlights of the event were a street play by Asmita theatre group and a performance by Delhi drum circle.
Amid all the fanfare and excess media pressure, the purpose of the walk was diminished to the extent of negligence. The hosts preferred to let the street play convey their message.
A majority of individuals eager to hit the ‘I’m Attending’ button on facebook events cited laziness or irrelevant explanations for not being present to stand up for their rights. The attitude of the very menfolk who this movement wished to suppress dominated the whole affair.
A parallel unheard of dharna which comprised of 81 individuals of the greater cooch behar people association sitting on hunger strike for the past 14 days too received unprecedented media attention. Journalists on the lookout for any saleable matter were surveying the possibility of comparing these two events and judging the feasibility of the preference laid to the slutwalk.
The slutwalk 2011 maybe a success for those associated with the causeor with the promotional ventures. But for the common populace of Delhi-NCR, not much has changed and the same perverts prowl the city streets.
The message of gender equality and anti-stereotype rational needs years before it trickles into the mindset of the masses.
Such events are generating awareness, but not among those who need them. As of now, Delhi does not need
slutwalks, but strict administrative measures to check crimes against women.
Oppression of women will not be prevented by scanty claddings but by vigilant administrative forces and by spreading the message that crimes against women will not be dealt with lightly.