Watch: Pinjra Tod’s ‘Women Reclaim the Streets!’

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.

  • Sucheta

    I attended the march as a reporter to cover it for my organization. I’m very happy for it and congratulate all the marchers. I also convey my warm respects for the student leaders. At 43, I’m older than them but I have been a lone walk-at-nighting pioneer for the last 24 years. For this, I have been socially and professionally discriminated against. The latter has hurt my prospects, but could not stop me from surviving, as I always knew but had to prove to my parents. I fully see where the girls are coming from and I express my solidarity with them. Only one crib: I strongly feel that the rasta-bharo-raat-mein-chalo andolan should be as much an individual and individualist pursuit as a collective one. For, as the poet reminds us, there is something to be said about the merits of ekla chalo. We keep saying that men must change their mindsets but it is women who must do so first and set an example about how things should be regardless of what others say. And Pinjratod is a definitive step in that direction.