Continuing with the relentless protests against the gang rape of a medical student in Delhi, women in the national capital will observe Kaala Divas today. “We will wear black top to bottom on Thursday. We will display the voice of protest on black placards. All those participating will also take an off from office,” said Shruti Kolhi, editor of petticoatjournal.com, which is spearheading the campaign.
Protesters will assemble at Jantar Mantar and march towards India Gate. “However, we haven’t got permission to go to India Gate. If we fail to get it, we will protest all day at Jantar Mantar,” said Delhi-based lawyer Sonia Raina.
Having spread the message through social media, Kohli says women from across the country have confirmed their participation in this unique form of protest. Several institutions have cancelled exams in view of Kaala Divas. The Visvesvaraya Technological University and the Karnataka Secondary Education Examination Board have postponed exams scheduled for January 3. The Calcutta University, Madras University and Karnataka University have promised active participation.
There are plans to take the protest further. Kolhi plans to start her community outreach programme in urban villages from Friday. “We need to admonish eve-teasers publicly and whenever a girl does that, others should support her. This is my idea of taking the protests ahead,” said Alka Priyadarshini, a Delhi-based professional.