People from all walks of life, mostly young women and women's rights activists came out together in the all major cities of the country on Thursday, to participate in cultural events as part of the 'One Billion Rising', a global campaign for gender equality, demanding an end of crimes against women.
Galvanised by the recent fatal gangrape that shocked the country, women in Delhi were also at the forefront of this global campaign demanding equality, safety and security in and outside the homes.
Various cultural events were organised at different places in the national capital to spread the awareness for gender sensitisation and against the sexual crimes.
A group of wheelchair-bound youths also undertook dance acts at a number of Metro railway stations to raise awareness on safety of women.
"Our programmes have started in colleges and I am going with women taxi drivers to spread the word of equality because today is the day of love," said Kamla Bhasin, convenor of the movement for South Asia.
Around 7000 awareness events including flash marches, singing and dancing were planned in about 200 countries as part of the campaign's day of action, timed to coincide with Valentine's Day and aiming to bring an end to violence against women.
Initiatives to stop crime against women in India increased after the barbaric Delhi gangrape case of a 23-year-old girl, which generated a nationwide public outcry and protests.
In the background of these issues, the social activists wished that the Central and state governments would do more to improve gender equality. (ANI)