Gurgaon Girlcott – a movement to urge women in the city to keep away from splurging at restaurants, malls and salons to protest against rising crimes against the fairer sex, ended on Sunday with some mall managers claiming that the protest had little impact while the campaigners maintained that it was a success.didn’t open their purses as a mark of support for the Gurgaon Girlcott.
According to her estimates, last weekend people spent about Rs 40,000 on shopping but this weekend there were some who didn’t even buy a litre of milk.
She said they came across people like Dhruv Arora, a resident of Gurgaon, who wanted to pick up important equipment but put off his plan to next week in support the women’s movement.
Dhruv Swamini, a basketball professional, didn’t purchase a stop watch for her practice session, claimed Dube.
Mall managers said they too were sympathetic towards women’s safety but claimed the campaign had negligible impact.
Sandeep Dutta, manager of Ambiance Mall, said: “We support the voice of women and crime against them must be checked at any cost. But Gurgaon Girlcott had no impact at all. On Saturday, more than one lakh footfalls were recorded at the mall, as normal. On Sunday, the figure went up further.”
MGF Metropolitan Mall Manager Denise Singh too claimed that the girlcott did not have any impact. Visitors came in as usual and sales were not affected. She supported the protesters’ cause and said that atrocities against women were not tolerable.
Dube said their campaign was supported by other groups like Jagori, Indian Institute for Human Settlements, Institute of Urban Designers (India) and various other groups like the Asmita Theatre Group and Let’s Walk Gurgaon.
A meeting of all the groups would be called next week to review the situation and strengthen the movement, she said.