On October 3, Pinjra Tod, a women’s collective, organised their second night march titled ‘Women Reclaim the Streets!’ in South Campus, Delhi University that began and culminated at Lady Shri Ram College.
Pinjra Tod began last year and it challenges the repressive policies of college and hostel authorities, fights against moral policing of women and seeks to ensure safe and affordable housing for female students across Delhi.
Pinjra Tod demands universities implement the 2016 University Grant Regulations, some of which include:
a) Higher Educational Institutions (HEI) should appoint an Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) to support concerns regarding sexual harassment
b) Discriminatory security rules can’t be imposed upon women
c) Safety policies should not inhibit students’ freedom of movement
d) Priority should be given to construction of women’s hostels
e) Security staff must receive gender sensitivity training
Many current students, alumni, and feminist allies participated in the three-hour long, high-spirited event during which they marched across PGs in Greater Kailash, Amar Colony and National Park chanting slogans and handing out informational pamphlets to passers by.
An escort of police personnel ensured that traffic was held at bay as the protesters walked through the streets.