“Why Are There No Men’s Coaches in the Delhi Metro?”

What happened when two Delhi students got tired of the inaction against incidents of sexual violence against women?

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If you’ve used the Delhi Metro recently, you may have spotted a set of strongly worded posters.

If you haven’t, then meet Shubham Verma and Manini Menon, third-year students of the Delhi College of Arts and Commerce, who are frustrated by the inaction against the incidents of sexual violence against women. “Why doesn’t anyone ask men to behave?” the two demanded to know.

The posters are a part of the duo’s ‘Talking to Delhi’ campaign.

Verma and Menon told The Quint that their choice of content and style for the posters, was a deliberate one. They wanted to ensure that their posters would instantly grab attention and leave the viewer with a strong message.

(Image: <b>The Quint</b>)
(Image: The Quint)
(Image: <b>The Quint</b>)
(Image: The Quint)

Why the Delhi Metro?

Verma and Menon decided to put up posters in the Delhi Metro compartments in order to ensure that their message reaches the maximum number of people.

They also lamented that the fact that a number of women have reportedly been subjected to molestation and harassment in the Delhi Metro.

(Image: <b>The Quint</b>)
(Image: The Quint)

What Do They Hope to Achieve?

The students said that they hope the posters will inspire Delhi Metro commuters to respect women and to raise their voice against crimes against women.

Verma and Menon said they hoped their method to use posters in the metro – as opposed to public discussion boards – would effectively drive the message home.

(Image: <b>The Quint</b>)
(Image: The Quint)

What do People Think of the Posters?

The posters have garnered largely positive reactions, including on social media.

Maybe it can change peoples’ thinking! Setting up a good platform inspires change.
Harjeet, Student, 20
I think it’s a good initiative, I like how you’re calling all those who engage is molestation, ‘Not Men’
Megha, 19, Student

Will their efforts pay off? Only time will tell. But if social media reactions are any indication, the campaign may have managed to spark a conversation already.

Edited: Mohd Ibrahim

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