'The day is ours and so is the night': Furious Indian women fight back

Long-time activist, Nisha Sidhu, leads the younger protesters in a chant, at Jaipur's #IWillGoOut march.

Story highlights

  • Marches were held across India last Saturday to protest against recent attacks
  • Indian women say they're tired of having to avoid the streets at night

Jaipur, India (CNN)It was Friday evening around 7 p.m. and Ankita Luharia was walking on a busy road in the northern Indian city of Jaipur.

"Where are you going? Tell us your address," said one of the men. It was a jeer that Luharia was accustomed to. The 30-year old felt a little scared, but she kept walking.
    The next day, Luharia found herself walking on another busy street -- this time she was marching with about 40 others in the city's center. It was dusk and the evening rush hour was starting, but it was a completely different feeling. Luharia was not nervous. 
      "The day is ours and so is the night," she shouted, along with the other men and women.
      Their march was a part of #IWillGoOut -- a nationwide march of thousands in India reacting to an alleged attack on multiple women in Bangalore on New Year's Eve.
      "Girls should have the freedom to move easily, whether it's day or night," Luharia says.
      Organizers initially planned for marches in India's metropolitan centers like Bangalore, Delhi and Mumbai, but soon received requests to join from all over the country.
      On January 21, thousands of women in 30 different cities and towns across India marched for a woman's right to feel safe in public places. "It's only fair that you know right at the beginning of this email that we are angry. Furious, actually," the organizers said in a press release.