Rapist is you: Women protesters vs a macho Hindu rashtra

Rapist is you Protest Kolkata
On January 4, the busy streets of Kolkata’s Esplanade, and later Jadavpur, erupted in resistance as part of the Dhorshok Tumi-i (The rapist is you) movement.

Blindfolded, they shouted, "The oppressive state is a rapist." "This is rape, the rapist is you". A group of women marched in coordinated rhythm, challenging what they called "hyper-masculine attitude of the state".

On January 4, the busy streets of Kolkata’s Esplanade, and later Jadavpur, erupted in a fresh wave of resistance — Dhorshok Tumi-i (The rapist is you), the Bengali version of Chilean feminist anthem, Un violador en tu camino (A rapist in your path), written in protest against violence on women.

The rapist is you
Balatkari tum ho
Tumi-i dhorshok

Flash mobs and protests, part of a movement to make masses aware of the 'rape culture' in the society, have hit more than 200 cities across the world. Videos of the protest have gone viral, adding momentum to the movement. And the protesters have claimed that the governments have left vulnerable sections of the society in dire straits.

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