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'Gurgaon Girlcott' needs support from men and women
'Gurgaon Girlcott' took off from Galleria market on Friday evening with a street play and sloganeering against the administration - participation of hundreds of people in the demonstration is seen as a good step but as we all know that numbers matters more in India, the campaign needs more men and women to make it a grand success.

HUNDREDS OF women including some celebrities held a demonstration in Galleria Market Friday evening to protest against the rising crime against women in the Millennium City. Expressing her satisfaction, Richa Dubey, the brain behind the ‘Gurgaon Girlcott’ thanked people for their support but urged ‘men to support the cause’.

The movement that has asked all women to boycott shopping in the city this weekend aims at turning the heat on the mall owners and stores so that they feel the responsibility of protecting the women and help in building a safer city for women.

Singer Rabbi Shergill, violinist Sharad Chandra Srivastava with his two companions Varsha and Sachin, and drummer Satyajit Mukherjee were prominent among 250-people strong crowd. Event started with slogans followed by street play called ‘Dastak’ performed by well known theatre Director Arvind Gaur’s group Asmita Theatre Group. Play was based on the theme of saving and protecting women.

During the protest, all participants vowed not to spend any money in Gurgaon. This was the clear warning from women, who hold a great economic strength, to administration to make Gurgaon a better place for women.“Today women are economically powerful and if they take ownership of their problems then it will be very huge difference in society,” Ms Dubey told merinews.com.

“Ours protest is not against any particular body but this was the just an awareness and a symbolic protest to tell people of Gurgaon that it is time to change,” added Ms Richa who resides in Gurgaon since last 2 years.

According to Ms Dubey, Gurgaon is a city of migrants and many people living here are not born and brought up here and they don’t think of having any long term responsibility for the city. “Yes if we take ownership of this city and take its responsibility we can make our present much better and safer,” informed an enthusiastic Ms Dubey.

She said that this protest was not just only for women but anyone can join and be a part of it, especially men if they want to be a part of this movement. “We girls have grown up listening about self safety measures but if man understands our problem and supports us there will no need to do this kind of protest,” Richa said.

Many organisations like Whypoll, Jagori, We the People, Saksham Gurgaon and Indian Institute of Women Settlement were also supporting this movement and making bigger plans for future. According to Ms Dubey this movement is not going to stop this weekend only but they are making plans and did almost 60 registrations just in two days.

“Long term goals need long term investment and if every women or men can put in their 2-3 hours per week then we will achieve what we want to” added Ms Dubey.

Despite deciding against purchasing from any market of Gurgaon Ms Dubey informed that every shopkeeper supported them and provided them with every facility needed for the movement. This was the positive sign of the movement and can be taken as a worthy step.

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