With an aim to break the stereotype set against the girls wearing short clothes ask for rape, male members of Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) came out in the streets of the capital wearing shorts on Tuesday, March 6. After the horrendous rape incident of an eight-old baby in January, the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) had launched the ‘Rape Roko’ campaign. Promoting the sole cause of the campaign, which is to stop the increasing numbers of rapes in Delhi, male volunteers of the organisation came down in streets with slogans that expressed the message that ‘clothes do not cause rape, sick mentality does.’

As per reports, the volunteers marched from Mandi House to Central Park. With carrying boards and placards carrying slogans like, “Her clothes are not short, your mentality is” and “What clothes was the eight-month-old baby wearing?” A number of men were on the streets with their boxers on to promote the deed initiated by the women’s panel. The rally was named as #BoxerRally under the #rapeRokoMovement. The volunteers were demanding for a strong action against the rapists and completion of trials in sexual assault cases. In a tweet from DCW chief Swati Maliwal wrote: “Thanks @tweetfromRaghu for supporting #RapeRoko and DCW demand for ensuring trials in sexual assault cases are completed in 6 months.  Youth of today need to stand up against rapes. No more Baby Nirbhaya!”

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The Indian Medical Association and district court bar associations in Delhi have also shown their support to the campaign. In a letter to DCW president, Swati Jai Hind wrote they support the movement and demand a robust criminal justice system against such crimes. They have supported their demand to set fast-track court for the sexual crimes against women and children and should be tried within six months.

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