As a firm, dyed-in-the-wool feminist, I never thought I would disapprove of anything that empowers women, but the thought of a Slut Walk in Delhi terrifies me.
There. I have said it.
Girls, please don’t do this.
This is not a city that can appreciate irony, ladies.
This is a coarse, vulgar city full of lecherous men who would love nothing better than to see young girls wearing skimpy clothing. OK, OK, not all men are lecherous here, but there is a serious, visible, aggressive macho under-current here.
This is a city, surrounded by a state, where murder in the name of “honour” regularly takes place.
Like 2 days ago.
This is a city where the Chief Minister’s drunken bodyguard assaults a young girl, and the police tell her not to press charges because of who he is.
Because of who he is?! Please.
And if you don’t believe me, these 2 stories are next to each other :
Girls, dear girls, whose cause I fully endorse, from the bottom of my ’70s feminist heart, just look at the way the paper reports this.
Just look at the headline below.
Tacky cheap reporting.
Shame on whoever approved a headline like this.
I hope to God I am wrong, but I have visions of men taking photographs of these girls, ogling them, trying to touch them – and not getting the point at all.
To be blunt, I don’t think Delhi is ready for this kind of in-your-face protest. Sad, but true.
The policing in this city needs to be majorly revamped, so that the likes of the CM’s bodyguard aren’t protected.
Sexual harrassment needs firm and effective punishment.
Men who murder their female relatives for marrying for love need draconian punishment.
But I am fear that this Slut Walk is too early for the likes of this city of mine.
I hope to God I am wrong.