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I live in a society infested with humans who irrespective of being educated or uneducated can harm me.
Beware of Dogs
Growing up as a child reading this signboard always scared me. The owners of the house always welcomed me saying that these creatures are harmless. In my defence, I would always say they are animals after all and not educated enough to make the decision and can harm anybody anytime. With my initial apprehension I would enter their house and after a while I would feel comfortable and realised animals wouldn’t harm unless provoked.
Where are the signs today??
Beware of humans.
I live in a society infested with humans who irrespective of being educated or uneducated can harm me. And I cannot even read the sign “Beware”!! Do we really need to be educated to simply understand brutality and crime. They do not need any kind of provocation to commit such heinous crimes.
I am soon to be 40 and my daughter is soon to be 10. Are any of us safe? Are we safe at any time of the day? Can I be guaranteed I am safe at 10 a.m. in the morning? Are we safe in any particular city be it Kolkata, Bangalore, Gurgaon or Hyderabad or any remote village of the country? Are we safe if we are wearing a full clad salwar kameez Or a short dress?
Are we really safe even with the ever evolving technology? Can help reach me at the touch of a button just as easy as food arrives at my service? Can you assure me rape happens only when provoked? Is there any statistics which says such crimes are only committed by illiterate people who do not have a sense of judgement? Can you assure me I am safe driving my own vehicle and not booking a cab late at night?
The bigger question “Am I even safe in my own home or school or office or travelling in a public transport? ”
Can I be guaranteed 0 rape by any political party I expectantly vote for?
Why should I keep demanding for justice for a crime which is unprovoked and uncalled for?
This post is not about any one off case which gets highlighted by the media . This is about a crime which is getting committed every breathing second of our lives, pardon my statistics.
Will any new hashtag created on web stop this crime? Will any amount of media hype stop this crime?
Because I do not want to plead for justice.I just want to breathe in safe air . And no, the pollution in the air is not what I am talking about.
Please let us live.
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For International Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women, let's look at how we 'accept' mothers who avenge violence against their kids, but not wives who fight back.
The silver screen is replete with depictions of male rage and men engaging in violence, but when women engage in violence, even when it is reactionary violence, it doesn’t sit right with us. We allow mothers (as portrayed in Sridevi’s Mom and Raveena Tandon’s Maatr) to avenge their daughters and resort to violence when all else fails, but when the abuser is an intimate partner, the rules appear to be different.
Depictions of female rage on screen garner mixed reactions. We root for protagonists and films we agree with like Mom or Maatr, but there are also films like Darlings which drew flak for its depictions of reactionary violence.
This begs the question, which women on screen are allowed to fight back and why do we root for some of these characters while refusing to see where others come from?
This Generation To Generation Violence towards A Daughter-in-law Needs To Stop!
It is ironic how women in the same home do not think twice before harassing a woman who left her parents and family behind to live with her husband.
“My daughter needs a husband who listens to her. He should leave his family to stay with her after marriage. He should be well-off and not let her do chores.”
“I also need an obedient daughter-in-law, who will be an unpaid servant and a punching bag who shouldn’t have a life of her own.”
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