One Billion Rising, Gurgaon : Photographs.

Indian women dancing in the streets?One Billion Rising, Gurgaon : Photographs

After dark?

Dancing (safely) in the streets... is that too much to ask?
One Billion Rising, Gurgaon : Photograph

This is the same Gurgaon where women were advised to see public spaces, after 8 PM, as  reserved for rapists, men and criminals. [Link]

One Billion Rising, Gurgaon : Photographs

On Dec 31st 2011, on this same M G Road a young woman was assaulted by gangs of men who also seem to believe that the roads were Reserved for them, specially after dark. [Link]

M G Road, One Billion Rising, Gurgaon : PhotographsAnd this is the same Sahara Mall where a rape victim was accused of being at the wrong place at the wrong time? [Link]

Sahara Mall, One Billion Rising, Gurgaon : Photographs

One Billion Rising, Gurgaon : Photographs

 Then what made it safe for so many women to be out on the streets of Gurgaon?

One Billion Rising, Gurgaon : Photographs

Is it the large numbers…?

Then does it mean larger numbers of women on streets make streets safer for women and children? [I agree with Ankita Yadava it does.]

Safety in numbers. One Billion Rising, Gurgaon : Photographs

Is it the presence of Police with instructions to take women’s safety seriously?

One Billion Rising, Gurgaon : Photographs

Does it help that there are men on the streets who understand that it’s not Protection but Freedom and Self Reliance that makes women safe.

Friends of women, One Billion Rising, Gurgaon : Photographs

One Billion Rising, Gurgaon : Photographs

Is it the awareness that these women are unlikely to be silenced?

One Billion Rising, Gurgaon : Photographs

Will not be silenced, One Billion Rising, Gurgaon : Photographs

Peace, One Billion Rising, Gurgaon : Photographs

One Billion Rising, Gurgaon : Photographs

One Billion Rising, Gurgaon : Photographs

Misogyny Hai Hai, One Billion Rising, Gurgaon : Photographs

One Billion Rising, Gurgaon : Photographs

One Billion Rising, Gurgaon : Photographs

Not likely to be silenced, One Billion Rising, Gurgaon : Photographs

Because they understand what it means to have a Voice.

One Billion Rising, Gurgaon : Photographs

A crowd had gathered and I am hoping that those present, even if they disagreed, were listening. [Link]

Curious onlookers: One Billion Rising, Gurgaon : Photographs

Curious onlookers, One Billion Rising, Gurgaon : Photographs

Equal Citizens, Equal Rights

Equal Citizens Equal Rights

And another post and photographs here:

One Billion Rising Gurgaon: Burying Misogyny and celebrating equality

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Gurgaon pub attendant gang rape victim: Went willingly? Refused medical test?

In Gurgaon, jobs, safety and roads after 8 pm, reserved for men?

How does the Gurgaon administration make it even more difficult for women to find employment, and stay safe on Gurgaon roads?

So is sale and consumption of liquor related to crimes that take place in an area?

Photographs: Protest March, M G Road, Gurgaon.

Is there any other way this crime could have been controlled?

EDITED TO ADD: More pictures here on the facebook page of The Life and Times of an Indian Homemaker,

One Billion Rising, 14 Feb 2013, Funky Funeral: Misogyny Faut Hui. Kya Haseen Maut Hui

36 thoughts on “One Billion Rising, Gurgaon : Photographs.

  1. Beautiful pictures, and a welcome sight. Thank you for posting these ! I have great admiration for the women of India who stand up and fight for what is right. I’m sad I couldn’t practically go to any of the protests, but I’m cheering you on from the sidelines.

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      • Sandhya, read this article by Natalie Gyte – she is right on some accounts – on the ‘white savior’ mentality and the fact that more resources need to be allotted to actual education programs. However in a country like India, the people who are supposed to be educating the ‘underprivileged’ – political leaders, police, teachers, principals, mothers, the educated middle class – they themselves practice/condone patriarchy – so who’s going to educate whom? We are a culture that shames our victims rathe than our criminals. What we need is overall awareness and attention to the issue. That is what this public display is doing. Can you imagine Indian moms taking to the streets, protesting? Getting involved? My mom never did that. This is so empowering. This ‘dancing and singing’ is not meant to belittle the victims’ suffering (as Natalie Gyte puts it) but rather to end the silence and the shame.

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    • Sandhya, what I saw being done was awesome and very impactful. First there was a talk about Misogyny and Patriarchy (will share the video if it has been recorded reasonably well) – and being able dance in a public space is empowering for Indian women, very empowering if they manage to do it without being harassed for doing so. I think it’s good for Indian people to see Indian women dancing freely and uninhibited even when they are not doing it for religious reasons. And once they had some attention, they managed to make some powerful points and one had to hear the cheering and also the look on some of the onlookers’ faces to see that the speeches made a difference. Many onlookers could not imagine a man seeking consent from his wife, but this was asked as a question and those watching heard the women say it loud and clear that it was wrong for a married man to have sex with a sleeping or unwilling spouse. I have no doubt that it made a difference. I wish we could have have more such activities and more Indians could hear why Patriarchy is a social evil and how it nurtures Misogyny.

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  2. your are 100% right, it will certainly get the young men and women , especially the men to think and something good will come out of it. if a women is hurt then it affects the men too, just like we dont like our sons and husbands to be hurt most men dont like their daughters and wives to be hurt too, this will show them in subtle ways they should stop patriarchy and see it thru the eyes of women.
    of cours ethere will be those who think this is against the men,culture and what not , no on can change them .

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  3. Such wonderful pictures..wish I could have attended too! And I agree with Shail, just loved the way you connected the pics with your words!
    Wish and hope to see more such initiatives gaining ground in our country.

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  4. This event just charged me up and I pledge that everyday, I will try to keep the message of this event alive by doing something radical for Women Power–be it to lend a hand to an oppressed woman, to raise my voice against abuse, to take a small step toward eradicating female infanticide, to bring equality in any manner I can–you reminded me that steps can be taken to change consciousness!! Thank you!!

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  5. It made me emotional to see these pictures. This is a great way to build awareness. I think this is what really sends the message in India – taking to the streets, making a noise about it, get attention to the issue (how many of these men watching on the sidelines are going to read intellectual articles on this issue – this gets the message to them loud and clear). They should start doing street plays on this theme to reach the underprivileged sections of society. And I hope they make a movie on this issue to make the middle class (educated but ignorant) aware of issues like victim blaming, etc. I’m going to send these pictures to everyone I know. Thank you for posting them!

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    • They did do a street play and it started with this song,

      It was a song about enjoying freedom and open sky… let me try to remember.

      And it ended with this song, but they started with “saari umra hum mar mar ke jee liye, ik pal to humein jeene do. Bachpan to gaya, jawaani bhi gayee…”

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  6. I love the way you have presented this…I am so glad it has at the least come to this. At the least the Silence is Broken. Now I wait for each woman to rise within their own families to counter the ideas that are detrimental to the society as a whole – discrimination in any form cripples the society in the long run.

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