2 Aug 2011

Delhi latest city to hold 'slutwalk'

12:35 pm on 2 August 2011

Delhi is the latest city to hold a ''slutwalk'' inspired by similar protests in a number of countries.

The protest was to challenge the notion that the way a woman looks can excuse sexual abuse or taunting - ''Eve teasing'' as it is known in India.

Hundreds took part in Delhi on Sunday, though there was little of the skimpy dressing that has marked protests elsewhere.

Most of the marchers were soberly dressed in jeans and T-shirts or traditional shalwar kameez.

The protests originated in Canada after a policeman said women could avoid rape by not dressing like ''sluts''.

The BBC reports sexual harassment commonplace in Delhi and rapes and abduction all too frequent.

According to a recent survey, India is one of the most dangerous countries in the world for women.

India recorded almost 22,000 rape cases in 2008, 18% up on 2004, according to the national crime records bureau.