Women’s empowerment has been given fresh impetus in India. A rally has taken place in the capital Delhi, inspired by the so-called “Slutwalk” protests that began a few months ago in Canada.
The aim is to challenge the concept that women only have themselves to blame for sexual harassment because of the way they dress.
“Women are targeted when they wear skimpy clothes, they are called a slut and told they have a bad character. This is to fight against that perception and to change it.” said one participant.
“I support equality for all” said one young man on the march, “this is the message of the ‘Slutwalk’ and we have come to pass it on to others.”
The protests began in Canada after a police officer advised a group of students they could avoid rape by not dressing like “sluts”, as he put it.
However, most of the marchers in Delhi were soberly dressed.
Records show there were 22,000 rape cases in India in 2008 – up 18 percent on 2004.