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No, this world is not safe for my daughter. Yes, I am scared. I am scared of men of all ages.
I know the title expresses gender discrimination, but, don’t misjudge me if I say that in the fifth month of my pregnancy I am scared to have a girl child.
It took me a long tough journey to conceive, and during this journey I always dreamt of having a cute daughter one day. I am someone’s daughter, and I know how much daughters are attached to their parents. I always hoped of receiving that love, but now, when I have conceived and have successfully completed five months of this phase, I am reading articles on rape, child abuse, child trafficking, harassment and a world full of insecurities for girls. I must say that I am blessed enough that I never faced any such circumstance ever. I am a working woman and have strongly faced the storms of life, and always thought of bringing up my daughter in a way that she develops into a strong independent woman. But, now I feel my baby’s movements inside me, and my motherhood shivers when I think about the mothers of the victims of such crimes.
No, this world is not safe for my daughter. Yes, I am scared. I am scared of men of all ages. Men who are strangers as well as who are family. A threat that I never Felt for myself has seeded inside me. I don’t know I am right or wrong to think this way, but I am scared to have a girl child. And I am preparing myself every minute to have a boy and to teach him humanity at least. Yes, I talk to my baby who I believe is listening to me. I have already started teaching him the way he should respect women, I request him every minute to not embarrass me someday of being a mother of an inhuman piece of flesh. And, my baby, if you are a girl, be ready to face this world with utmost strength. I am sorry, I am giving you birth in this era where an educated doctor is burnt alive by few rascals to satisfy their thirst.
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Instead of seeking vengeance after horrific crimes, the public should push for faster and better judicial resolutions. That is the best tribute we can pay to the victims.
Trigger Warning: This deals with rape, violence against women and police brutality, and may be triggering for survivors.
On the news yesterday we came to know that 10 police officers who had killed 4 young men arrested for the rape and murder of Hyderabad doctor in an “encounter” have been found “guilty of concocting their story, and were to be charged with murder.” The report of the commission doing this enquiry also says “The panel also found that police have deliberately attempted to suppress the fact that at least three of the deceased were minors – two of them 15 years old.”
December 29, 2019 was a Friday no different from any other. I was running late so had no time to read the newspaper. On the way to work, I logged onto to Twitter to catch up with the news. The first thing I saw was the breaking story on the horrific gang rape and murder of the 26 year old doctor on the outskirts of Hyderabad.
To think that money can buy you anything is as wrong as singling a woman out after her divorce because the world feels she got overcompensated.
A lot of people are attracted to money and that’s not a bad thing. Which is also why everyone talks about money and the rich. The rich always make the headlines.
The rich, also, get upset when their personal lives are talked about, and rightly so. They have all the right to privacy.
Time moves on. However, people do not.