To counter a disturbing trend of right-wing Hindu thugs beating up women going to pubs or wearing clothes they don’t approve of, Bangalore-based Alt (ALF) has launched a satirical campaign to support India’s “Pubgoing Loose and Forward Women”.
The campaign which started as a group on Facebook on February 5 by a young woman has already enrolled more than 2,900 members with many more circulating mails asking people to donate pink underwear to various temporary offices set up in different cities or to send the material directly to Sri Ram Sene office.
“I just could not believe seeing those men attack women so mercilessly. We had to respond in some way or the other because if we don’t, then these guys will win. Pink chaddis are nothing but a metaphor to how disgusting they are,” says Nisha Susan, a journalist working with a news portal. Nisha started the campaign.
Nisha, who has also set up a blog with relevant contact details, claimed she has already collected over 500 pink under garments.
The facebook forum can be joined by clicking at the below link:
Watch the Mangalore pub attack on girls/women video below:
Here is what Nisha Susan has to say about her campaign:
You may have heard of the Pink Chaddi Campaign that kicked off three days ago to oppose the Sri Ram Sene. The campaign is growing exponentially (1,300 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.
Here is we want to do with the Pink Chaddi Campaign. Join in. Be imaginative, have fun and fight back!
Step 1: It does not matter that many of us have not thought about Valentine’s Day since we were 13. If ever. This year let us send the Sri Ram Sene some love. Let us send them some PINK CHADDIS.
Look in your closet or buy them cheap. Dirt-cheap. Make sure they are PINK. Send them off to the Sene.
The address to send the package is:
Chief, Sri Rama Sene,
#11, Behind New Bus Stand, Gokhul Road, Near Lakshmi Park,
HUBLI – Karnataka
If you don’t want to mail it yourself, you can drop it off at the Chaddi Collection Points.
you could send it to:
The Pink Chaddi Campaign,
C/O Alternate Law Forum,
122/4 Infantry Road
(opposite Infantry Wedding House)
We will be collecting across the country through this week and sending the packages on February 12. More information about Chaddi Collectors in your city soon on our blog: http://thepinkchaddicampaign.blogspot.com/
Step 2: Send the Pink Chaddi Campaign a photograph of the package.
Tell us how many chaddis you are sending out and inspire other women in other cities. You can either mail the information here or you can mail it at our facebook address. http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=49641698651&ref=mf
Step 3: 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 Sene.
Step 4: 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.
http://drvsacharya.blogspot.com. Send him some love.
For the Pink Chaddi Campaign