Lots of American teenagers are familiar with the curfew. But in India, it’s pretty commonplace for adult women to have to abide by them. Women living in university hostels and dormitories, or working in some of the country’s major cities, are often required to come home by a certain hour. These curfews can be as early as 6:30 or 7pm in the evening. But a group of women in Delhi have started a campaign to end the curfews, calling them sexist and discriminatory. The campaign is called Pijra Tod, which means “break the cage.” We’ll take a look at how curfews impact women in India with Northwestern graduate students Siri Bulusu and Vishaka Dharba, who have experienced the curfews firsthand. Siri Bulusu did her bachelor’s degree at the College of Mt. Carmel in Bangalore, India, and Vishaka Dharba, is originally from Delhi.
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