Blank Noise – Walk The Night

Walkin'Rajesh and Charles and some friends joined the Blank Noise project for their “Walk the Night” International Women’s Day walk from Rest House Road, up Brigade Road, and down MG Road to Cubbon Park. The walk was an attempt to draw attention to the problems women face trying to just walk and enjoy our city without harassment.

The walk was nothing more than a group of women, walking quietly and enjoying the cool Bangalore summer night, but …

at the same time it was a strong statement about the problems women face daily. The fact that women, quietly walking and enjoying the city is so unusual as to attract attention in itself underlines the problem.

Multi-generationalThe walk included women of all ages and circumstances, families, mothers pushing babies, grandmothers, traditional, non-traditional, local, visitors, all sorts.

The walk started by strolling slowly down rest house road to Brigade Road, then single flile up the Brigade Road sidewalk, heads up, looking people in the eye, not giving way, and handing out fliers to the passers by. At MG Road it reformed, four abreast, and continued in the same manner to Food World. There was a brief action at Food World, blowing whistles and reading individual statements about what the women personally want to be free to do, then continued down MG Road to Cubbon Park.

Walkin'The walk organizers had asked for the support of the Autorickshaws, arranging for 50 autos to come to Cubbon Park to safely ferry women home after the walk, but apparently due to opposition from the Auto drivers union, this was cancelled. I find it ironic, and telling, that some of worst complaints about bad treatment of women are against auto drivers, but the drivers pass up this golden opportunity to mend some fences and build a relationship to address some of these issues. Perhaps it will come in time.

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2 Comments so far

  1. psj (unregistered) on March 9th, 2007 @ 10:37 am

    Its strange you were expecting the support of Auto drivers union.These are the same guys who go on strike protesting against policemen trying to do their duties to curb malpractices by auto wallas.These guys went on strike over the implementation of Metro too.
    So plz dont be bothered by their not supporting you.The rest of the menfolk support you .

  2. VS (unregistered) on March 9th, 2007 @ 10:09 pm

    Kudos to all the organizers and participants. Well done!
    This reminds me of the candle-lit rallys here in the US called ‘Take back the Night’

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