India is one of the most dangerous places in the world for women to live in. To address this issue, with the recent terrible rape cases in mind, a small group of men took to the streets in Bangalore wearing a skirt.
It was an idea of Samarpita Samaddar and her friend Adithya Mallya: “I was furious over Alwar BJP MLA Banwari Lal Singhal’s statement banning girls wearing short skirts to school. As we spoke more about this, Adithya wondered if men wore skirts, would they get molested? That’s how we came up with a plan to walk on Brigade Road in skirts on January 12.”
It is an action like Slut Walk Toronto we wrote about often.
As Samarpita said on the Facebook event page: “Why does wearing a skirt make a difference? It’s a satirical take on the issue to draw attention to the absurd idea that what a woman wears invites sexual assault. Wear that skirt as a symbol of your support to a woman’s right to wear what she wants, be who she is, exercise her rights, and be safe in her city. Nothing shows more solidarity with women than breaking barriers and boundaries of “his” and hers”.
– Mapping Violence Against Women In India