Last month, women drinking in a pub in Mangalore, India were attacked by a group of men, linked to the right-wing Sri Ram Sena.
In response to this attack, a protest is being planned for this Saturday, Valentine’s Day, via a Facebook group called A Consortium of Pub-going, Loose and Forward Woman:
Women and men are being urged to post pink underwear to Sri Ram Sena, or go and have a drink at a pub on Valentine’s Day.
More details can be found on the group’s blog. They say:
The campaign is growing exponentially (4,500 at this point in the life of our Consortium of Pub-going, Loose and Forward Women) and that is not surprising. Most women in this country have enough curbs on their lives without a whole new franchise cashing in with their bully-boy tactics. Of course, a lot of men have joined the group as well.
Nisha Susan adds:
On Valentine’s Day we do a Pub Bharo action. Go to a pub wherever you are. From Kabul to Chennai to Guwahati to Singapore to LA women have signed up. It does not matter if you are actually not a pub-goer or not even much of a drinker. Let us raise a toast (it can be juice) to Indian women. Take a photo or video. We will put it together (more on how later) and send this as well to the Sri Ram Sena.
What happens after Valentine’s Day?
After Valentine’s Day we should get some of our elected leaders to agree that beating up women is ummm… AGAINST INDIAN CULTURE.
For right now, ask not what Dr VS Acharya, Home Minister of Karnataka can do for you. Ask what you can do for him. Here is his blog. Send him some love.