Nashik, Feb. 3, 2019: Around 300 women participated in a trial run at midnight on March 1 called ‘Fearless Run’ to promote the first ‘Pinkathon’ event.
Model and actor Milind Soman, also the founder of the March 17 event, outgoing police commissioner Ravinder Kumar Singal and Asia’s youngest Iron Man, Ravija Singal (event ambassador) were present to flag off the four-km run.
Among the enthusiastic women was a 68-year-old. There were also several children running down College Road, making it unusually lively at midnight.
Police personnel were deployed in strength on the route, from Don Bosco Lane to Canada Corner via College Road and back, Bhonsala Gate to Don Bosco Road.
United Sisters Foundation organized the first ever four-km midnight Fearless Run with Milind Soman in association with Nashik Police, ABS Fitness and Wellness Club and Shree Construction to promote the first edition of Nashik Going Pink-2019, organized by the Sarabha Event Planners.
On March 1, 1966, James Brown sang, “It is a man’s world” and United Sisters Foundation organised the midnight Fearless Run to remind the world that it was no longer 1966.
The Fearless Run is aimed at making all public places equally accessible to women and all people. The purpose is to set in motion a chain of events that, it is hoped, will bring about a cultural transformation and make all spaces safe for all, throughout the day.
Soman stressed the need to be careful, even while remaining fearless. “The police is here, offering security. For too long, women have been asked to conform to society’s do’s and don’ts. They are expected to dress a certain way and observe certain timing. Women have equal right to be wherever they want, whatever time they choose. And they are free to wear what they want,” he said.
Singal said, “Nashik police force will stand by every initiative that respects women and we will ensure the city is safe.”
(Source: timesofindia.indiatimes.com, March 3, 2019)