Posted at 08:56 AM ET, 08/01/2011

The SlutWalk takes New Delhi (Photos)


Supporters of the “SlutWalk” pass a homeless man in New Delhi. (Mustafa Quraishi/AP)
With a trail of cameras and curious bystanders following them, around a hundred protesters marched through the streets of Delhi for an Indian take on the global feminist protest the “SlutWalk.” In a far more buttoned-up affair than its American cousin, the Indian version saw men and women fully clothed condemning the notion that a woman’s appearance can explain or excuse rape and sexual harassment.

In India, public sexual taunting or even groping of women, is known as “Eve teasing.” The term uses the name of the woman who according to Christian belief brought original sin into the world as a temptress, thereby the phrase for sexual harassment seems to assign some blame to women for causing the harassment.

The Post’s Rama Lakshmi wrote that older Indians and right-wing Hindu groups also came out to protest the protest. “About half of India’s 1.2 billion population are under age 25, and the country is urbanizing rapidly and embracing global cultures. More and more young women are entering the workforce and living away from their families. But social attitudes towards women continue to remain somewhat conservative.” Read more here.


Several dozen young women and men, flanked by scores of curious onlookers, marched for 20 minutes in the heart of the Indian capital. The Hindu right-wing group, the Vishwa hindu Parishad, earlier warned the marchers not to “cross the limits of decency and shame, or they will have to face the consequences.” (Rama Lakshmi/The Washington Post)

Supporters of the "SlutWalk" write messages on a board in New Delhi. (Mustafa Quraishi/AP)

A woman holds a placard at the Delhi "SlutWalk" in New Delhi. (Mustafa Quraishi/AP)

A woman holds a placard as a man blocks the sun with an umbrella. (Mustafa Quraishi/AP)

Indian policemen stand guard as a woman holds a placard in Hindi language that reads "a girl is not your father's property.” (Mustafa Quraishi/AP)

Protesters said that in India the focus is not about what women wore.  (Rama Lakshmi/The Washington Post)

A participant has the Hindi word “Besharmi” meaning “shamelessness” on her dress and body as she poses for the media. (Mustafa Quraishi/AP)


Here’s what a typical SlutWalk looks like in Glasgow, Scotland. (Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Further reading:

SlutWalks and the future of feminism

Is a woman’s body the best way to get a point across?

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