February 14, 2013

Kamla Bhasin at OBR Delhi amidst chants of azaadi

Aditi Malhotra

Hum le kar rahenge, Azaadi…..

Arre haq hai hamara, Azaadi…..

Hum cheen ke lenge, Azaadi……

Hum pyaar se lenge, Azaadi……

Aaj to le kar rehanege, Azaadi…..

Just returned from the OBR event in Delhi today held at Parliament Street. The atmosphere was electric and so was the energy visible among the hundreds present there. The events were planned from the morning across the city including a flash mob of over 100 people, street plays and awareness raising programmes at the Juggi Jhopsdi (JJ) colony in Bawana. The events at Parliament Street began at 5pm and went on till 8pm with groups singing songs of the movement, plays on violence against women, students from Delhi University  women’s colleges like Miranda House,  Lady Shri Ram College, Gargi and Kamla Nehru performed street theatre and choreographed dance,  read feminist poetry in Hindi English and Urdu. A highlight was the pledge taken by a group of girls from Miranda House on ending and fighting against violence against  simultaneously in over 10 Indian languages.

Despite having fractured her foot, Kamla Bhasin  wheeled up on the stage and charged the crowd with her energy evoking continuous chants of Azaadi and calling everyone pledge on Valentines Day to fight violence against women with love. Having started 8 months back, she said the OBR campaign would be continue with events being planned every month- next being on 8th March at the occasion on International Women’s Day and May 1, Labour Day.

IMG_1177    Kamla Bhasin at OBR, Delhi. Hear Chants of Azaadi Kamla-Bhasin-OBR

IMG_1169 Play on Domestic Violence in progress

More pictures coming up soon..


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