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India: Delhi flash mob protests violence against women

India, New Delhi
February 15, 2013 at 08:28 GMT +00:00 · Published

: Thousands of Indian women are taking part in the New Delhi chapter of One Billion Rising, a day of global mass action held to protest against violence towards women and girls.

Held on Valentine's Day, the event has seen protesters gather for a mass rally on the Indian capital's Parliament Street. Flash mob dances are taking place across the city, with participants dancing to a song titled "Jaago Dilli Jaago," Hindi for "Rise Delhi Rise."

A One Billion Rising participant said: "We're trying to challenge the patriarchal mindsets that exist in our society. We want to end the very root causes of violence that perpetuate this kind of stereotypical behavior that we see in our society."

Launched last year, the One Billion Rising movement has since spread to over 200 countries. The organisation aims to get one billion men and women to take part in Thursday's global day of action.

The movement comes at an important time for India, whose society has been shaken by the rape and murder of a young woman in December last year. The crime sparked mass street protests and demands for stricter laws to protect females.

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: Thousands of Indian women are taking part in the New Delhi chapter of One Billion Rising, a day of global mass action held to protest against violence towards women and girls.

Held on Valentine's Day, the event has seen protesters gather for a mass rally on the Indian capital's Parliament Street. Flash mob dances are taking place across the city, with participants dancing to a song titled "Jaago Dilli Jaago," Hindi for "Rise Delhi Rise."

A One Billion Rising participant said: "We're trying to challenge the patriarchal mindsets that exist in our society. We want to end the very root causes of violence that perpetuate this kind of stereotypical behavior that we see in our society."

Launched last year, the One Billion Rising movement has since spread to over 200 countries. The organisation aims to get one billion men and women to take part in Thursday's global day of action.

The movement comes at an important time for India, whose society has been shaken by the rape and murder of a young woman in December last year. The crime sparked mass street protests and demands for stricter laws to protect females.

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