Indian Women Fight Extremism With Underwear

Journalist wages campaign in response to group that beats women
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 25, 2009 2:55 PM CDT
Veiled Muslim school girls walk past a movie poster in Bangalore, India.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – A group of Indian women is fighting back against Hindu fundamentalism with an unlikely weapon: pink underwear, the Times of London reports. The “Consortium of Pub-going, Loose and Forward Women,” a protest group, has encouraged women to send their pink underwear to the leader of the Sri Ram Sena, a fundamentalist group known for beatings of women in pubs or out alone.

Nisha Susan, a 29-year-old journalist, started the “Consortium” as a Facebook group, which now boasts 60,000 members. The name is tongue-in-cheek, Susan explains, “a way of embracing the slur. The three girls who were attacked last month all had the support of friends, family and community,” but not the government or police, who often turn a blind eye.