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    Published On : Fri, Mar 10th, 2017
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    Chalo Nagpur: Over 5,000 women to march against casteism on Savitribai Phule’s death anniversary

    The organisers believe this will be the first time in India that women from diverse groups and different parts are coming together in such large numbers.

    Nagpur: More than 5,000 women will march in Nagpur on Friday in protest against casteism and religious patriarchy. The “Chalo Nagpur” protest was planned to mark the 120th death anniversary of Savitribai Phule.

    Nagpur was chosen because it houses the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh headquarters. It is also the “home of the movement by BR Ambedkar for the rights of women and the Dalit community,” said Vani Subramanian, film-maker and activist. “Savitribai Phule had worked in Nagpur. So, there is also a positive energy there that we want to harness.”

    Organisers believe this will be the first time in India that women from such diverse groups and different parts of the country are coming together in such large numbers. “We are expecting at least 5,000-6,000 women to join us at the march,” Shabnam Hashmi, a human rights activist and an organiser of Chalo Nagpur, had said at a press conference on Monday. “And they are going to do this at a time when not just their rights are being attacked, but their existence in every sphere of life is being attacked in some way of the other.”

    “Today as inequality, intolerance and the efforts to silence us are growing,” says the Facebook page created for the march,”We rise to assert our voice, our rights, and the protections guaranteed to us by the Constitution. Together, we reiterate that in a secular, democratic state, no one has the right to discriminate, humiliate, violate, oppress, or commit atrocities against any person or community based on their identity.

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