Women’s safety is a growing concern in India. With incidents of women being assaulted, molested, harassed and even brutally raped being shared widely and frequently, it brings us all to a common question: Are women really safe in India?
On New Year’s eve, a tragic incident in Bangalore shook the faith of women in our country and its forces. Several women who were trying to celebrate and welcome the new year were groped and trash talked on the streets by a mob of men despite the presence of policemen.
This incident has led to a nationwide outcry by women, activists and male supporters of right to freedom. Several people are doubting the capacity of armed and police forces in protecting women. ‘I Will Go Out’ or #IWillGoOut is a movement started by women activists to claim public spaces and their right to dignity, integrity and freedom. People from all over India marched in their city to raise awareness on sexual harassment faced by women and try to put an end to it. Here are some pictures captured during the march in Delhi.
Women marching with the message ‘I Will Go Out’!
Women’s march for safe public spaces
An ally, a supporter and a protector of women’s rights
Public spaces belong to everyone!
A woman giving out a strong message on public spaces
Women coming together to fight sexual harassment
Saying no to misogyny, hatred, xenophobia, racism and bigotry
On the streets, claiming their space and claiming their right!
Men supporting women in their fight to ensure safety
A movement for fearless and brave Indian women
Love Matters India team was really proud to be a part of this movement and support Indian women fighting for their safety. If you wish to lend support, join them via their Facebook page.