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Let’s not forget, when Shraddha died, a woman lost her battle with life, to a toxic relationship. When Nirbhaya was brutalized, a young girl's bright future was cut short. When a woman is a brutalized, murdered, it’s not only the loss of her life but a loss of a piece of every living woman!
Shraddha Walker’s gruesome murder chilled us to the core. The sinister nature of the crime itself was enough to shatter our belief in love — in humanity.
The petrifying details, screaming out of the TV set as different news channels milk in the TRPs, have left us disturbed beyond the realms of grief. The cynosure of my existence as a woman juggling between various roles— a daughter, sister, wife, mother, friend, professional — felt hollow.
But this happened even when I heard about Nirbhaya. That gut-wrenching news about the brutality reaching new heights left my faith fragmented into a zillion splinters, never to join.
It was tough to believe that a human, if one can call these transgressors so, can stoop to such levels that even animals with reduced cerebral capacities refrain from.
This also happened as the details of the Anupama Gulati murder unravelled before the nation.
But years ago, when I was in school, the nation was shocked by the Tandoor murder case. Those were the days when the media trial was limited to specific channels at our disposal and a few newspapers and magazines.
I remember walking along the road, frequently watching my back, even as the false sense of security shed its façade.
I had grown up with instructions to protect my ‘virtue’ at any cost, as it was the most precious possession a girl/woman could ever have. Revealing or figure-hugging clothes were known to entice men and make us look like seductresses.
The fault was always the woman’s. When a husband abused his wife, it was the wife’s fault because she was supposed to keep him gratified in every sense of the word.
But not much has changed even with over two decades post the turn of the century.
If nothing, we are getting further primitive with our mindsets. Otherwise, how does a little girl or a few months old baby get sexually assaulted? Do they dress to seduce?
How ridiculous and archaic can we get?
Even very educated and independent women find it difficult to walk out of an abusive marriage, given the stigma attached to the ‘blasphemous’ decision. So, one can’t blame Shraddha for her decision to stay back with the monster.
We don’t know the truth… probably never will. Period.
As Shraddha’s case is in the preps to go to trial, I wonder at the past histories and the delay in the trials. Nirbhaya case took 8 years to hang the culprits.
If you check the details, it’s disgusting to see the criminals eventually get out on parole or even acquitted due to a lack of admissible evidence. Not to mention the turmoil of the victim’s loved ones as they have to fight the system, society, and public scrutiny.
They relive the crime every moment. I hope and pray this case sees a logical end ASAP.
It’s even disturbing to see people give this a communal angle.
Let’s not forget, when Shraddha died, a woman lost her battle with life, to a toxic relationship. When Nirbhaya was brutalized, a young girl with stars in her eyes, had her bright future cut short before she could bloom.
Whenever a woman is abused, brutalized— murdered, it’s not only the loss of her life but a loss of a piece of every living woman and a blot on humanity.
Without humanity, we are just animals in flesh and blood walking the face of the earth.
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What I loved was how there is so much in the movie of the SRK we have known, and also a totally new star. The gestures, the smile, the wit and the charisma are all too familiar, but you also witness a rawness, an edginess.
When a movie that got the entire nation in a twist – for the right and wrong reasons – hits the theatres, there is bound to be noise. From ‘I am going to watch it – first day first show’ to ‘Boycott the movie and make it a flop’, social media has been a furore of posts.
Let me get one thing straight here – I did not watch Pathaan to make a statement or to simply rebel as people would put it. I went to watch it for the sheer pleasure of witnessing my favourite superstar in all his glory being what he is best at being – his magnificent self. Because when it comes to screen presence, he burns it, melts it and then resurrects it as well like no other. Because when it comes to style and passion, he owns it like a boss. Because SRK is, in a way, my last connecting point to the girl that I once was. Though I have evolved into so many more things over the years, I don’t think I am ready to let go of that girl fully yet.
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