Ladies, how often have you been asked to not step out late at night? Pretty often? Almost everyday? In fact, the validity of that oft-repeated word of caution is quite a matter of shame, right?
The unequal usage of public space is so ingrained in our mindsets that we don’t even see it. The same spaces that are equally frequented during the day become dominated by men by night.
As reported by The Huffington Post , in an attempt to address this issue a group of women in Mumbai have started a mini-movement called Why Loiter . They walk the Mumbai streets once a month as a “silent protest”.
PRI’s The World covered one of these walks . Rhitu Chatterjee who covered this midnight walk mentions the uneasiness of it all.
She narrates about the curious stares, and how the noble taxiwala was a bit perturbed at their refusal to hire a cab in the middle of the night, and how an individual thought they probably wanted ‘some action’, and how a concerned policeman warned them from going to a certain area and, of course, the most common of them all – the grinning-winking guy who motions women to hop in his car.