It has been six weeks that millions of people have adopted Silent March in the state of Maharashtra India.
The protest has no leaders to lead and is comprised of peasant and the professionals. Most protesters belong to Maratha caste. A commentator stated it is the sound of silence that India can’t afford to ignore.
The protest triggered in July when a teenage Maratha girl was allegedly raped by three low caste Dalit men. Then the protests expanded to include a demand for reservation in college admissions and government jobs.
After 20 such rallies by silent marchers who also call themselves Maratha Revolutionary Silent Rallies are expected to gather in Mumbai at the end of October. People expected to participate are estimated to be 10 million, which would turn out to be the largest protest in India.
Demands of the community include reservations, the scrapping of SC/ST Atrocities Act and speedy trial in Kopardi case where a Maratha girl was raped and murdered.