Ral­lies against sex­ism

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

MUM­BAI: Women’s groups in In­dia are plan­ning na­tion­wide ral­lies on Jan­uary 21 to protest against the al­leged mass mo­lesta­tion in the city of Bengaluru on New Year’s eve, and politi­cians sub­se­quently blam­ing the women for the crime.

The In­dia protests, pub­li­cised un­der the hash­tag #IWil­lGoOut on so­cial me­dia, are meant to co­in­cide with the “Mil­lion Women March”af­ter Don­ald Trump’s in­au­gu­ra­tion as US pres­i­dent.

Sev­eral women said they were groped by a mob on De­cem­ber 31. Some politi­cians blamed their “Western cul­ture” – dress­ing in­ap­pro­pri­ately and stay­ing out late.

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