Besharmi Morcha? A practical joke

June 21, 2011 at 3:19 pm 13 comments

In January this year a Toronto policeman’s remark that ‘women should avoid dressing like sluts to avoid being be victimized’ led to this international walk of shame ‘The Slut Walk‘ Till date it has been organized in US,Canada,UK,Australia,Africa,Asia andEurope. 

Nineteen year old Umang Sabharwal is now organizing this protest march of sorts inDelhinext month. To make it a mass movement and more ‘Indianized’ it has been renamed as ‘Besharmi Morcha’. So as the concept suggests; “dress-up the way you do or in a rebellious fashion and declare (as if it matters) that just because my clothes are too short or reveal; more than you can handle, I am subject to possible harassment!” 

The problem is not with the ‘why’ behind the walk-It’s obvious, duh! Clothes got nothing to do with uninvited sexual moves. It doesn’t matter what you wear because: 

  • Rape in marriage is not an unheard thing
  • Physical, verbal abuse happens in every one out of five houses inIndiaand is worse than being called a slut
  • Sexual assault on young children is reported so often ( in some cases by their own family members)
  • Women are killed for marrying a man of their choice- In the name of honor
  • Female infanticide is rampant
  • Uninvited advances by men in office has become a common worry factor

I haven’t seen a woman who breastfeeds her child in bus, train or in a public place get embarrassed or feel ashamed of her act.  

Get real!! Instead of taking out a besharmi morcha which says ‘I will wear a tank top; too bad if you can’t handle it’- we live with and witness many more ‘ how dare he’ issues, think about a walk, morcha, talk, even a mention about them???  Ah but that’s not what will make to the news, the walk has all the required ingredients to make for a page 1 picture or a 5 minute news clip!!

 I couldn’t care less about proving this point because I am no Slut …errr… Besharam! And for those who are participating, doubting yourself are you??



Entry filed under: Delhi-ghtfully Yours!, Me & Media.

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13 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Pzes  |  June 21, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    I don’t think a Slut walk will have any effect here, in India.

    Here it would only welcome more ogling eyes. Sad as it is, its true.

  • 2. Mayur  |  June 21, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Feels like a one tight slap. 🙂

    The idea behind the Slut Walk in Canada was novel but not really effective. I don’t know if it conveyed the message that men have to change their attitude and not blame women for being provocative. I was surprised by the comment of the Canadian Policeman. Their dressing habits are far more liberal than ours.

    We, as a matter of fact, are a society full of perverts who’ll ogle at the slightest sight of cleavage. And yet we ferociously argue about how a woman should dress. Having said that, as a man, that too an Indian one, I’ll be honest that I find skimpy or inappropriate dressing at work places a bit disturbing. I feel it natural to happen. However it doesn’t mean that if women don’t dress up appropriately, all alike men will go on a raping spree. Besides I’m no one to decide what is appropriate for others.

    Its a shame we are not morally grown up yet. The fact can not be condoned for any reason.

  • 3. Deboshree  |  June 21, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    A point well made. I reserve further comment.

    • 4. delhizen  |  June 22, 2011 at 3:00 pm

      @ Debo; why reserve your opinion? share it with us

  • 5. snowleopard  |  June 21, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    Check this link:

    • 6. delhizen  |  June 22, 2011 at 3:00 pm

      @ Patty; I read it in the Sunday magazine

  • 7. Swati  |  June 21, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    the whole idea just seems like a publicity gimmick..u knw the thrill of doing ‘sumthing’ .. How is it going to help..nobody knows. They are only propagating the whole issue..I agree with mayur…the pervs will make a mockery out of the whole thing. And just because it’s ‘cool’ to walk a slut walk doesnt make it any meaningful. Like everything else, it’s another classic case of aping the west…just because they wear a tank top, we will wear it…just because they could pull off a slut walk, we will do it…

    • 8. delhizen  |  June 22, 2011 at 2:58 pm

      @ Swati, publicity gimmicks sometimes dilute the real cause, purpose and divert attention from the issues

  • 9. zephyr  |  June 21, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    The post echoes what I feel about bloggers and activists who pick up on trivial issues to ‘fight’ in the name of empowerment and emancipation of women while ignoring real issues. Just as that is done for publicity and traffic, this is done for the same purpose. A hard-hitting post Sunshine Girl!

  • 10. delhizen  |  June 22, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    @ Mayur & Pzes; We are a classic example of a hypocritical society.

  • 11. Renuka  |  June 22, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    18-year-old dalit girl raped, 14-year-old blinded for resisting assault in Uttar Pradesh !!! what is this going on???? Instead of promoting this stupid walk, I think people should work on the real solution. Its about time. These people are themselves saying that dressing is nowhere related to rape, then why the hell are you misleading people. Why can’t they work on the real solution? Give punishment to the rapist in front of everyone(may not be death), this way even the illiterate would come to know about the crime done & the punishment given. Otherwise when you publish news in newspapers, the real criminal never come to know whether punishment is given or not. Because they are all illiterate. As simple as anything. Wake up and stop this publicity stunt.

  • 12. Purbaray  |  June 30, 2011 at 9:09 am

    Give the movement a chance before deriding it. It’s high time men took responsibility for their actions rather than falling back on the age old excuse -she asked for it.

  • 13. Alka  |  June 30, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    Agree with Purba but donning skimpy clothes and taking a besharmi morcha sounds more of a gimmick to me. Its simply aping the west and will not help the cause.


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