“It’s because India is crying.” – A Random Protester
I was supposed to go down to two different protests, one a general one and the other a more quiet affair, the turn outs were low for two reasons. The weather was frankly atrocious making movement hard and people less likely to want to protest and because many people didn’t feel that it was appropriate to protest about the rape the day the victim died out of courtesy to her family who must be suffering a lot even without politicising the day.
The second event took place though with a small gathering of people who stood and spoke, recited poetry and told each other what they would be doing to fight the culture of rape.
A truly sad day but one where you realise that there are people fighting this who do require a voice and who often do not have one.
Some interesting mentions…
1. A man who had turned up in a suit to the first protest with the words “I am a Philanthropist, but you still cannot mug me”.
2. The KFC outside which the second protest walked joined in for a few minutes to show solidarity.
3. The poetry recited
4. The people who organised it even if it was a small, short event.
It may not mean much in the grand scheme of things but it’s a stance and a stance that has to start somewhere. Yes, there were some outlooks that were reactionary but there always are. There are also cool heads and we have to hope that they prevail.
My camera didn’t survive the day but here are some photos…