DCW organises hockey march in Delhi University's North Campus
New Delhi: On the cold rainy Wednesday morning, crowds of students at Delhi University Metro Station walked hand in hand with Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief Swati Maliwal on the 4th day of her Mahila Suraksha Padayatra.
Together they walked the lanes of the university with hockey sticks. The Commission appealed to all women and girls to have the courage and fight against abuse.
Swati Maliwal said that almost all the women groups she met during the Padyatra complained about lack of support from police when they complain against their aggressors.
She said empowering the women was more important so that they do not continue to suffer abuse in silence.
Slogans like "Jo chheda mujhko chowk pe, maaru hockey thok ke" and "Samjhane ki naubat aayee, tab hi humne hockey uthayee were raised during march.
Walking over 30 kilometres daily, the Mahila Suraksha Padyatra had reached Signature Bridge on Tuesday late night.
Around 500 women were waiting to welcome Ms Maliwal even at the late hour. Together they marched across the Signature Bridge holding Tiranga in hand, dedicating their march to the bravery of Indian Air Force in striking terror camps in enemy territory.
Similar enthusiastic groups braced the chilly winds to greet the Padyatra everywhere as it moved from Majnu ka Tila in North Delhi towards Jahangirpuri via Delhi University.
The Mahila Suraksha Padyatra continued to inspire confidence in women and girls across the city.
For instance, a 12-year-old girl came up to DCW chief Swati Maliwal. The minor said she had been kidnapped a day back from Karawal Nagar but managed to escape from the room.
She was roaming the streets trying to figure out a way to go back to her home when she saw the Padyatra and felt confident enough to approach when she read the word Suraksha on the banner.
A team from DCW ensured her safe return home and FIR was registered.
The Padyatra will cover North and North West Delhi in the next two days before moving to South and Central Districts and end on International Women's Day on March 8.