Supporters of the Pinjra Tod campaign will hold a march Monday near Lady Shri Ram College in Lajpat Nagar after many instances of sexual harassment were reported by women from the area.
The march will start at 5.30 pm from the college and will pass through Kailash Colony, Amar Colony, and National Park, where a number of students from LSR, Kamala Nehru College, Gargi College, south Delhi Women’s Polytechnic and Rajkumari Amrit Kaur Institute of nursing live. A large number of houses in the area host paying guests.
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The march will conclude at the LSR back gate, where participants will share stories and poetry. The organisers have said the aim of the march is to send a message to the owners of paying guest accommodations and the college administration that the streets belong to women as much as to men.
Sources said, over the past few months, many students living in the area have complained about instances of indecent exposure by men outside the college gates and their paying guest accommodations. Police had said they would increase vigil in the area, however, more women have complained of similar incidents since then.
“Some PG owners in the area have imposed more restrictions on women after instances of harassment were reported. That is not the solution. There are times the police do not take complaints seriously and authorities do not cooperate,” said Subhasini Shriya, among the organisers.
Pinjra Tod had earlier demanded that the University Grants Commission guideline to ensure there are committees in colleges to tackle sexual harassment complaints be followed in all educational institutions. The guidelines also point out the need for better lighting, accommodation and transport.
Pinjra Tod is a students’ collective for safe, affordable and non gender discriminatory accommodation for women.