Daijiworld Media Network -Lucknow
Lucknow, Aug 21: After Delhi, the Slut Walk reached the city of nawabs-Lucknow on Sunday. Amidst apprehension, the Slut Walk attracted fairly good crowd in Lucknow. At the end of the walk the numbers had swelled upto 500 persons which included students, girls, foreigners and even men.
The walk was organized by "Aaj Ki Khabar", a web portal. " It is remarkable that in Delhi only 500 people turned up for the walk, but the people of Lucknow have shown true strength by taking a stand for the cause of the Besharmi Morcha. With a much lesser population than the country's capital it is a major milestone for Lucknow, where sitting in the lap of Uttar Pradesh women have to fight everyday for their existence. If a "Nari" can be a "Sita" then she can also be a "Chandi or Durga". So letchers, eveteasers and molesters beware, the Lucknow Nari knows how to fight for her rights.", said Bhawna Kapur the organizer of the event.
With street performances and drums echoing in the air people from all walks of life were seen participating in the event. Christina, from the Czech Republic, a social worker for a Lucknow NGO, also participating in the walk said, " It is a great initiative taken up in this city. Women all over are proud. No woman can be told what to wear or dress sober to protect herself from oogling men. It is her personal choice and not an invitation for the men if she wears less clothes." Lubna Hashmi from Lucknow said, " The women have proven themselves. Its a solid stance and an ultimatum to all men with misguided conceptions."
Priyanka Trivedi a professional working in Lucknow at the Morcha said, " Sexual Harrasment must be curbed. Woman shouldnt be told what to wear. And with this kind of a response we are half way there."
With a considerable number of men participating in the walk it symbolized a great morale booster for the women organizing the march. " The men must realize the importance of a woman's respect in his life. After all it is a woman who gave birth to him.", said Raghvendra Rai, a social worker working for a local NGO.
Students from Ram Swaroop Public School also lent their support to the movement. Under police supervision the peaceful march was also joined by inspired bystanders near the metro hospital on its way to Lohiya Park where the march concluded.