Besharmi Morcha, also known as "Slutwalk arthaat Besharmi Morcha", is the Indian equivalent of SlutWalk.
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. A police spokesperson said that groups opposing Besharmi Morcha had "threatened to hold a ‘violent protest’". Dhillan Mowli, one of the organisers, reported that she had been told that the event was “not part of Indian culture”. 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."
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."
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” and "Shameless Campaign". Besharmi Morcha was chosen as the name to more appropriately address the diverse cultural aspects and languages of India.
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) meaning "prostitute". 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 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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