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These Protests Led by Women for Their Rights Show How Empowered They Are

The times have changed and so has the condition of women in our country. They are now wise and brave enough to stand for what they believe in. A wise man once said that anytime women come together with a collective intention, it's a powerful thing. And a proof of this is all the protests where women got together and fought for their rights. But what's even more remarkable is that they not just dissented, but also took brave steps in order to add influence to the protests.Come, let's have a look at all such instances when ladies chose to battle for their rights and were relentless. 

When women teachers tonsured their heads 

In January 2018, several female teachers in Madhya Pradesh tonsured their heads to protest against the state government's demand to include them in the education department as regular teachers. According to NDTV, the teachers even planned to send their chopped hair as a present to the wife of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Sadhna Singh but they were stopped from reaching their residence.

When Indian women boycotted Twitter 

October 13, 2017, will always be remembered as a crucial day when women across the world took a day off from Twitter in order to protest against sexual harassment. In India, at 10 am that day, women joined hands in solidarity to log off from Twitter supporting the #WomenBoycottTwitter. According to Huffington Post, it was a step by women to force the social media giant to create better policies that can control, regulate and punish accounts that issue death, rape and maiming threats to women or stalk them repeatedly and abuse and bully them on a regular basis.

When university authorities had ignored their complaints of sexual harassment

In September 2017, female students from Banaras Hindu University (BHU) raised their voice and protested against alleged inaction against incidents of sexual harassment. It all began when students alleged that the university ignored their complaint against an instance of sexual harassment. According to BBC, during the protest, a video went viral in which two policemen were beating a female student with sticks. 

Hundreds of women gathered in 30 cities to demand safety in public places

In January 2017, from New Delhi to Kolkata, Chennai and Mumbai, approximately hundreds of women gathered on the streets saying that they are "occupying the night streets." It was to demand safety of women in public places after the mass molestation happened in Bengaluru city on New Year's Eve. According to the report by Reuters, around 300 people gathered for the protest including men. 

When women in Guwahati protested against government's eviction drive

A protest was held in Guwahati in 2011 under the banner of Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) in which a large number of protesters, including women, were armed with lathis. They damaged vehicles, threw stones, injured journalists and policemen. According to The Hindu, the rebels were commanding a complete end to the government's drive to end settlers on the government's land.

When Devadasi women in Mumbai went semi-nude on the streets

In August 2010, some semi-nude Indian Devadasi women protested shouting slogans against the government in Mumbai. It was to demand Rs 2,000 per month as a pension for a lifetime after their retirement. Devdasi is a Hindu religious practice which asks girls to be married to deity or temple.  

When Kashmiri women shouted pro-freedom slogans

In 2010, many Kashmiri women shout pro-freedom slogans against the Indian security forces who were accused of killing Kashmiris during the protests against Indian rule. Thousands of civilian protesters gathered at the streets of capital Srinagar against the Indian security forces. The forces had to use bullets, pellet guns and tear gas which led to deaths of many civilians.

When Gulabi Gang took part in a joint protest for implementing government's rural scheme 

In September 2009, in New Delhi, members of Gulabi Gang took part in a joint protest helping in implementing the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme. We all know that Gulabi Gang is a group of women works for the social justice of women, against corruption and for the poor.

When Tibetan women attacked Chinese Embassy 

In 2008, some 49 Tibetan women holding Tibetan flags attempted to enter the Chinese embassy premises. There were making a protest marking the Tibetan Women's Uprising Day. It was March 12, which is marked as an uprising say to pay homage to the women who rose against the Chinese government on the same day in 1959. According to Tribune India, the same protest happened in 2016 in Dharamshala area of Himachal Pradesh. All these protests are proof how empowered and brave women are now. They don't want to settle, they want to fight for they know they deserve. More strength to the ladies. That's all, readers. I hope you liked the story.If you have an interesting story to share, do write to me at guneet@wittyfeed.com