Women to March Nationwide on the Streets on Jan 21
Hundreds of women are expected to march and hold events in more than 20 cities across India on Saturday to “reclaim the night” and demand their right to safe public spaces after the alleged mass molestation of women in the city of Bengaluru on New Year’s Eve.
Organisers say the marches, which will start from 5 p.m. local time in every city, are to express outrage not only at the sexual assault of women, but to also condemn insensitive remarks made by politicians in the aftermath of the incident.
The campaign, hashtagged #IWillGoOut on social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook, will bring together women’s rights groups, charities, student’s associations and individuals in cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Bengaluru.
The marches in India coincide with events taking place across the world. More than one million people are expected to attend events in countries ranging from Britain and the United States to Macau and Mexico to demonstrate against sexism and sexual violence and call for women’s rights following the inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump.
“We are doing this to stand up against the misogyny which was played out in the attacks on women on New Year’s Eve, and then in the absurd remarks made by politicians after the incident,” said Bhani Rachel, one of the organisers of the Delhi march.
“Although our demands are different from those marching in other cities across the world on Saturday, we stand in solidarity with our sisters, as we are all fighting against the same things – misogyny and patriarchy.”