New Delhi: Imagine a day when no woman will be seen all around. It sounds bizarre calling such a bandh to ascertain no woman seen at malls, offices and colleges on Wednesday. This bandh is being held to express anger and protest against growing crimes here against womenfolk. A facebook page has been created with a call for ‘Aurat Bandh’ on December 26.

 No slogans, no protests on roads, no candle march and no placards- is the fresh mantra of expressing the anger against the growing number of heinous crime in the capital against women and also to express solidarity with the 23-year-old girl who was gang raped and brutally assaulted in a moving bus in Delhi on December 16. Thousands of women have decided not to come out of their houses and attend any outdoor work on December 26 as a mark of protest.

The facebook page bears a name- Aurat Bandh- with over 6,000 women already liking the page on the networking site and pledging to join this initiative.

Speaking in this regard, Noor Enayat, the creator of the facebook page, said, “Let us pledge our solidarity to the innumerable women who are being victimised simply for being women and not to do any work for one day and let’s see how the society manages to function.”

There are many other facebook pages seeking justice for women. Some of the community pages on facebook are- ‘Save women, Save India’, ‘Hang them or us’, ‘Give justice to Damini, Punish the rapist’.

 “Not for just one day, but the women of this country should stop working indefinitely till the government of India agrees to take some concrete steps toward ensuring security for womenfolk. They should step out to work only after being satisfied that they are free to walk at any point of time,” says Raghav, a professional in Delhi.

Anita Raj

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