Besharmi Morcha

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Besharmi Morcha, also known as "Slutwalk arthaat Besharmi Morcha", is the Indian equivalent of SlutWalk.

The first Besharmi Morcha took place in Bhopal on 17 July 2011,[1] followed by Besharmi Morcha Delhi on 31 July 2011.[2] Besharmi Morcha Lucknow took place on 21 August 2011.[3][4]

Besharmi Morcha Bangalore, coordinated to coincide with similar events in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong on 4 December 2011 was cancelled by police after they received objections.[5] A police spokesperson said that groups opposing Besharmi Morcha had "threatened to hold a ‘violent protest’".[6] Dhillan Mowli, one of the organisers, reported that she had been told that the event was “not part of Indian culture”.[7] Mowli also reported "The vice-president of a women's organisation called me and said that if any women were seen in skimpy clothing during the Slutwalk, they would be beaten with brooms."[7]

Christie Thompson, writing for Ms Magazine observed "...women aren’t marching for the right to walk down the street dressed in barely-there clothes, as critics suggest. They’re fighting for the right to walk down the street. Period."[8]


Besharmi Morcha (Hindi: बेशर्मी मोर्चा) is most often translated into English as "shameless protest" or "shameless front". It has also been translated as “March of the Shameless”[9] and "Shameless Campaign".[10] Besharmi Morcha was chosen as the name to more appropriately address the diverse cultural aspects and languages of India.[11][12]

The word "slut" does not translate directly or equivalently into Indian languages such as Hindi. The nearest equivalent direct translation of slut is ranɖii (Hindi: रंडी)[13] meaning "prostitute".[14] This would have resulted in protesters being seen to self identify as prostitutes, even protesting for the right to be prostitutes, and not protesters about women's safety or freedom from sexual violence.

Besharmi (Hindi: बेशर्मी) translates as shamelessly, brazenly and even boldly. It also has the implication of obscenity or obscenely.[15]

Morcha (Hindi: मोर्चा) is closely linked to the idea of protest and action. It often indicates political protest and has military overtones.[16][17]

Besharmi Morcha has multiple meanings that are not readily translated into English, but can be summed up as meaning "shamelessly and boldly protesting in a united way that others may see as wrong or even obscene".

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  1. ^ Pereira, Aaron (18 July 2011). "Bhopal Besharmi Morcha gets lukewarm response". Hindustan Times. HT Media Limited. 
  2. ^ विनीत खरे – Vineet Khare (31 July 2011). "दिल्ली में निकला बेशर्मी मोर्चा – Shamelessly out front in Delhi". BBC हिंदी – BBC Hindi. BBC. 
  3. ^ "After Delhi, Bhopal, Slutwalk makes its Lucknow debut". The Hindu. 22 August 2011. 
  4. ^ "Slutwalk in Lucknow". NKDC Media Solutions. 
  5. ^ "Why Bangalore cops cancelled permission for SlutWalk". NDTV Convergence Limited. 9 December 2011. 
  6. ^ "SlutWalk cancelled as they had it coming". DNA Daily News And Analysis (Bangalore). DNA. 5 December 2011. 
  7. ^ a b Bhalla, Nita. "Bangalore SlutWalk cancelled as not "part of Indian culture" – Report". TrustLaw – Thomson Reuters Foundation. Retrieved 5 December 2011. 
  8. ^ Thompson, Christie (6 July 2011). "SlutWalk Delhi Starts “Immodest” Discussion in India". Ms Magazine. 
  9. ^ Bhalla, Nita (31 July 2011). "Hundreds protest rape in conservative India’s toned down “SlutWalk”". Reuters India (Delhi). TrustLaw – Thomson Reuters Foundation. 
  10. ^ chhaya, mayank (21 July 2011). "The not-at-all slutty Slut Walk of Bhopal". Blog: South Asia Daily. mayank chhaya. 
  11. ^ "Besharmi Morcha, "Shameless Protest"". 21 July 2011. 
  12. ^ "No 'SlutWalk' in Delhi as 'Besharmi Morcha' takes over". OneIndia News. Greynium Information Technologies Pvt. Ltd. 
  13. ^ "Hindi-English translation for "रंडी"". Dictionary. 
  14. ^ NILANJANA S. ROY (14 June 2011). "Ready or Not, New Delhi Gets a Women’s Street Protest". New York Times. The New York Times Company. 
  15. ^ "Get Meaning of besharmi in English. बेशर्मी का मतलब अंग्रेजी में जानिए". Hindi to English dictionary. HinKhoj InfoLabs LLP. 
  16. ^ "Get Meaning of morcha in English. मोर्चा का मतलब अंग्रेजी में जानिए". Hindi to English dictionary. HinKhoj InfoLabs LLP. 
  17. ^ "Hindi-English translation for "मोर्चा"". Dictionary.