Women from over 140 cities in the country marched in their respective cities on Thursday as a mark of protest over the current environment of violence, and to claim their constitutional rights as citizens of a democratic India.
“We want change. Change from the casteist culture and change from the current market structure. We want liberation from the current government regime,” said Irfan Engineer, the Director of the Centre for Study of Society and Secularism and one of the speakers at the Mumbai chapter of ‘Women Walk For Change’.
The rally started from St. Joseph Convent School in Bandra and saw the participation of about 250 men and women from different communities who came together as a mark of protest over the unjust events and unconstitutional institutions bred by the ruling party.
Dr. Vibhuti Patel, another speaker at the event, said that the rally had been organised to reject fear and attain freedom from the anti-constitutional elements that have emerged over past five years.
“The past few years have guaranteed a frontal attack on the Constitution, particularly freedom of expression,” she said.
Renowned civil rights activist Teesta Setalvad, who was also present at the event, said, “The elephant in the room is the RSS which only intends to overturn the Constitution. The government has declared a war against the people.”
With the election season here, the rally intended to address the shortcomings of the NDA government and spread a message of vigilance regarding the loss of human rights that has taken place during their regime.
“When we walk out on the street, we will communicate to the society that women will not tolerate abuse and harassment anymore,” said Marvin Fernandes, an organiser of the march.