Update: As per the latest update by the organisers, the event is now scheduled for 11th January, between 8 to 9 pm.

 

By now, you probably already know about the mass molestation of women that took place during NYE in Bangalore.

 

For those of you who didn’t know, here’s a little recap:

 

On New Year’s Eve, thousands of people gathered on Brigade Road in Bangalore to celebrate. Things took a turn for the terrible when a group of unruly men began to grope and molest the women there, despite the presence of 1,500 policemen.

 

Karnataka’s home minister shrugged off the seriousness of the incident saying:

 

“Unfortunately, what is happening is that on days like New Years, Brigade Road, Commercial Street, or MG road, a large number of youngsters gather. And youngsters were almost like Westerners. They tried to copy the Westerners, not only in their mindset but even in their dressing. So some disturbance, some girls are harassed...these kind of things do happen.”

 

People called him out for victim shaming instead of apologising for the incapability of the state police in controlling the perpetrators.

 

Samajwadi Party member Abu Azmi blamed it on women for going out late at night to celebrate New Year’s.

 

This isn’t the first time that women have been stigmatized for staying out late. To protest against this, a group called (K)Night in Shining Armour is organising a walk on Brigade Road at 8 pm on the 7th of January.

 

It will convene at Cauvery Emporium.

 

You can find more details about the movement here.

 

If you’re in Bangalore and you agree that women should have the freedom to go out at night without fearing for their safety, that they shouldn’t be blamed for being molested, groped, or raped, come and take part in this walk.

 

I will go out. Will you?

 

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