Slutwalks and the state

The Mumbai Slutwalk had died when the police required us to provide an undertaking on the letterhead of an NGO with details of the walk. We could have falsified it, but the fact is that it was purely a citizen’s initiative, and there was no NGO involved enough for us to feel justified in representing ourselves on its letter head.

Other problems cropped up, and we decided to let things be.

Today, the Bangalore Slutwalk was cancelled. The update from the organizers says that their permission for peaceful assembly was withdrawn under objection and pressure from BJP and related organizations.

As the permission was withdrawn at the last minute, the organizers decided to land up at the venue to inform people arriving for the SlutWalk that it had been called off.

What followed is better than a hundred SlutWalks in making the point, but…. our media is oblivious.

This group of ex-protesters, now only updaters, dressed in jeans and T-Shirts, were arrested by the cops and taken on a long drive to some remote police station. Their phones were taken away and they were detained without explanation.

These people detained were directing people that the SlutWalk was cancelled. They were cooperating with the police. Some of those detained were walking away from the venue exactly as directed by the police when they were hauled back and arrested.

This, dear friends, was Bangalore’s SlutWalk. A live demo by the cops of the need for a SlutWalk.

  • Moral Police had a problem with what they perceived as characterless behavior
  • They pressurized the government with threats of illegal action
  • As usual, the victim was suppressed to avoid a problem and permissions cancelled
  • Organizers were arrested in spite of co-operating
  • Protesters leaving the site were arrested because “they shouldn’t have been there in the first place”

THIS is why slutwalks happen. Moral policing in society. Character judgments about women/men based on what goes on in the minds of those thinking about them. Morality being rigidly defined by whoever is able to bully the others. Bullying leading to comprehensive silencing of women asserting their constitutional rights that have been deprived. Government and police making absolutely no effort to safeguard those rights. Police actively persecuting those who attempted to assert themselves, even if they are fully cooperating.

Shows a dead society that will not let others live because they are not able to face the dirt in their own minds and would rather blame someone for it.

In my eyes, the Bangalore Slutwalk is a success.

I think, we have gone beyond the time for protest walks. The time is for us to live our realities, and insist that the police maintain law and order.

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12 Comments on "Slutwalks and the state"

  1. few women of the degraded society, who call it Page3 society, are addicted to alcohol and thereby ,instead of improving their bad habits,lifestyle, they tend to blame their husbands in the name of alcohol to portray themselves as clean people.

     Such women should be send to rehabilitation centres, rather than sending their husbands to mental asylums, who are suffering the harrassment from such women as their copartners.

    A woman called Rajkumari from Jabalpur, Madhya pradesh, cut the head of a rajan yadav using an axe and then took the head in one hand and axe in another hand and ran across the streets to show the men of the town,how man of bad character need to be punished for sexually harassing woman.
                Such actions though violent, could be supported for woman by man like me, for showing bravery to save the right to safety of the woman.

                 But by turning nude and walking along the narrow streets of village, rajkumari would have never achieved her right to safety by doing a slut walk in her village.

               such walks could never be considered to twisted to prove it correct. instead by her action of slitting the man head, she has send message across the male community, that by trying to sexually exploit her, could turn fatal to those who dare to do it.

    Jai Hind. continued support for civilized woman for their movement.

                 continued agitation against niche sluts for their movement.

  2. few women of the degraded society, who call it Page3 society, are addicted to alcohol and thereby ,instead of improving their bad habits,lifestyle, they tend to blame their husbands in the name of alcohol to portray themselves as clean people.

     Such women should be send to rehabilitation centres, rather than sending their husbands to mental asylums, who are suffering the harrassment from such women as their copartners.

    A woman called Rajkumari from Jabalpur, Madhya pradesh, cut the head of a rajan yadav using an axe and then took the head in one hand and axe in another hand and ran across the streets to show the men of the town,how man of bad character need to be punished for sexually harassing woman.
                Such actions though violent, could be supported for woman by man like me, for showing bravery to save the right to safety of the woman.

                 But by turning nude and walking along the narrow streets of village, rajkumari would have never achieved her right to safety by doing a slut walk in her village.

               such walks could never be considered to twisted to prove it correct. instead by her action of slitting the man head, she has send message across the male community, that by trying to sexually exploit her, could turn fatal to those who dare to do it.

    Jai Hind. continued support for civilized woman for their movement.

                 continued agitation against niche sluts for their movement.

  3. Even Kasab demands Police to provide him security,as his fundamental human and National guest right. After killing so many people in 26/11 he blames the police for denying him his fundamental right and would shower nasty names on the police for not doing so.

    How fair is it. Is the police to ensure safety of those psychopaths who are molesting the civilized society with their degraded views & psychology as their fundamental right of expressioin.in the name of constitutional right.

    They think police is a  slave, whose job is just to provide security to those NICHE  sluts at the cost of physical & emotional/cultural  security of AAM AADMI.

    Just that a few out of the mainstream people think that they have broken the boundaries of their imagination, spreading widely on all sides as their parameter for measuring their IQ.and that they are doing SOMETHING for the cause of society is an absurd view, just a vague and derailed psychology.

        They think that just by providing security to SLUTS is the Prime work of the police and else Police would be termed as BAD GUYS. I think just as such people try to spread their message across, the message of civilized groups/individuals should spread acorss the message to bring the status of psychology of such people back on track, by requesting them to go to improvement centres/mental asylums.

  4. Even Kasab demands Police to provide him security,as his fundamental human and National guest right. After killing so many people in 26/11 he blames the police for denying him his fundamental right and would shower nasty names on the police for not doing so.

    How fair is it. Is the police to ensure safety of those psychopaths who are molesting the civilized society with their degraded views & psychology as their fundamental right of expressioin.in the name of constitutional right.

    They think police is a  slave, whose job is just to provide security to those NICHE  sluts at the cost of physical & emotional/cultural  security of AAM AADMI.

    Just that a few out of the mainstream people think that they have broken the boundaries of their imagination, spreading widely on all sides as their parameter for measuring their IQ.and that they are doing SOMETHING for the cause of society is an absurd view, just a vague and derailed psychology.

        They think that just by providing security to SLUTS is the Prime work of the police and else Police would be termed as BAD GUYS. I think just as such people try to spread their message across, the message of civilized groups/individuals should spread acorss the message to bring the status of psychology of such people back on track, by requesting them to go to improvement centres/mental asylums.

  5. Thanks for the post. If not for it, I would not have known anything about why the Mumbai or the Bangalore slutwalks didnt happen.

    This is the policitical/state commitment to fighting street sexual harassment – Let’s keep them (I mean us Slut walkers) off the streets!

    Unfortunately with this attitude, Things aren’t going to change tomorrow!

  6. Thanks for the post. If not for it, I would not have known anything about why the Mumbai or the Bangalore slutwalks didnt happen.

    This is the policitical/state commitment to fighting street sexual harassment – Let’s keep them (I mean us Slut walkers) off the streets!

    Unfortunately with this attitude, Things aren’t going to change tomorrow!

  7. Completely agree with you on the govt and control aspect of it. As for the walk itself and gensis have a slightly differing view though the freedom part i completely get. will try and articulate it…will ping you the link once i am done….

  8. Completely agree with you on the govt and control aspect of it. As for the walk itself and gensis have a slightly differing view though the freedom part i completely get. will try and articulate it…will ping you the link once i am done….

  9. We as a nation lament,we don’t know that we have rights as per our constitution as we do not educate on these aspects! we educate to become consumers and success is now measured by what we own in a land of great philosphy of the self growing from within its a shame. We need to get over moral policing and begin with critically analysing ourselves.. especially when it comes to double speak and the way we regard women and children.Time to transform and appreciate our values that make sense.

  10. We as a nation lament,we don’t know that we have rights as per our constitution as we do not educate on these aspects! we educate to become consumers and success is now measured by what we own in a land of great philosphy of the self growing from within its a shame. We need to get over moral policing and begin with critically analysing ourselves.. especially when it comes to double speak and the way we regard women and children.Time to transform and appreciate our values that make sense.

  11. Yes. I’ve often found it absurd that democratic expression either in the form of a peaceful protest or the making of a movie can be strangled because some thugs decide to blackmail the government. Here is what is plain to me:

    1. There shouldn’t be a need to ask the police for “permission”. Who are they to deny us our rights as citizens? I don’t mind the police being informed. In fact, they should be informed so they can provide us with protection. What do we pay taxes for? Protection is not a privilege. Its a bloody right!

    2. A gang of thugs cannot blackmail the government into denying its citizens their rights. Tomorrow some goonda group will say that unless women stop wearing jeans they will beat up whoever they see on the road. Is this acceptable? How is it different from what happened today?

    3. By cringing before such groups, the government loses the right to govern. If it can’t provide protection to peaceful citizens, resign from power and let someone else take charge. Peaceful people like us live in society. We work. We follow the laws. We pay taxes. For what? For the right to as permission?

    How dare the government or the police demand that we ask for permission? It’s our country and they had better learn to do their damn job.

  12. Yes. I’ve often found it absurd that democratic expression either in the form of a peaceful protest or the making of a movie can be strangled because some thugs decide to blackmail the government. Here is what is plain to me:

    1. There shouldn’t be a need to ask the police for “permission”. Who are they to deny us our rights as citizens? I don’t mind the police being informed. In fact, they should be informed so they can provide us with protection. What do we pay taxes for? Protection is not a privilege. Its a bloody right!

    2. A gang of thugs cannot blackmail the government into denying its citizens their rights. Tomorrow some goonda group will say that unless women stop wearing jeans they will beat up whoever they see on the road. Is this acceptable? How is it different from what happened today?

    3. By cringing before such groups, the government loses the right to govern. If it can’t provide protection to peaceful citizens, resign from power and let someone else take charge. Peaceful people like us live in society. We work. We follow the laws. We pay taxes. For what? For the right to as permission?

    How dare the government or the police demand that we ask for permission? It’s our country and they had better learn to do their damn job.

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