We are women, we live in TWENTY-EIGHTEEN!

I feel scared before leaving from my house alone, I feel insecure for mine own while walking on the footpath. Being a modern lady/girl I feel ashamed that I feel such things in the era of Two thousand eighteen, but I don’t feel ashamed of being a victim of such mind set; I didn’t tend to be one intentionally, but knowingly.

Even when I am a woman of open and transparent mind yet I feel apologetic and shameful because of these anti-social elements emerging aggressively day by day on streets, roads, in cabs, autos, in shops where I go, in my city or other, my school, my college, in a relative’s house, a neighbor’s house, on any floor of my building or anywhere else I walk, possibly in my own house.

I am supposed to be available to be a victim of their heinous activities in case I am out on the road or anywhere else whether in the day or any other time, I am meant to be.

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I am a girl child of 0/1/2/3/4… years, I am a teenager of 13/14… years, I am a lady of 20/30/40/50…. years living the time of Twenty-eighteen.

Where I believe in the equation of equality, such people who reckon me as an object and exploit my body make me believe in discrimination equation. They make me presume that I need to be protected, whether or not I am independent.

It doesn’t matter if I am living in an age of open conversations, they still call me a slut if I indulge into a blatant discussion.

Doesn’t matter if it is 2018, I can’t wear skirt because it ignites them; they say so!
Well same does my saree and gown to them, but they never confessed so, nevertheless they committed the same crime.

They make me believe that this era is still of some other century of conservatism and don’t allow my mind to believe on the time.

I want to get rid of this,
I want to breathe,
I want to feel,
I want to enjoy the time I have.
Don’t hamper it,
don’t deprive me of living cheerfully,
willfully and happily,
I endured all this
because you hustled me into this,
you don’t own me to do this to me,
Why are you shielding these monsters and blaming me?

#रshmi

I used word “I” collectively for women. ‘I’ denotes ‘Us’.

 

PS: I wrote this piece in 2015, today when I looked back I realized nothing has changed favorably. In fact, worsened by time and I replaced fifteen with eighteen. Let’s unite to create a better nation by creating better mentalities (nowhere outside, but inside our brains), everything positive starts with/from one’s own self. Burning the streets to fumes will neither bring back the gone nor will free the criminals, but our positive actions and minds can save another from going. I wish, someday I would see India to be a nation of humans and not of communal goons. I suppose, we can collectively create one.

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Justice!

Why do we forget before accusing everyone that everyone includes us as well?
Why do we forget that we weren’t born as casts and religions but as humans?
Every single act that takes place is occurring in the name(s) of religion(s), a hollow skull of ethos. If people won’t think of conducting such misdeeds, they won’t happen; but they don’t want not to think of conducting.
They aren’t just the demons of the ones committing such crimes but those of the society as well. These evils are rooted deeper and deeper into their souls, to the core that the most important things are labeled ‘Taboo’ but inhumanity is acceptable.
People aren’t working on acting/knowing/talking upon/about what they need to, but misusing their energy fighting and killing over religions!

To only undergo what they desire to know is the only answer they always knew, and that induces them to act, to experience; and these trivial minds act like that! Why should everything be experienced this way? Shame on such societal view points that think that timidity and diffidence are the ornaments to adorn their modesty and as a result, deprive its people from talking and knowing.

Toying with someone’s dignity is not something which adorns your modesty.

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In India people are surviving purely on their instincts, their upbringing compels them to keep their questions restricted to themselves and so they are neither willing to learn nor to pass on.
I am no more a proud Indian because to feel proud we need to first build a proud nation.
Nailed rules of “What and how one should know and do” are in the want of being acted upon. Why should they always assume? Instead they should be given an authentic foundation to learn with open-minds and then act.
They are rooted to act in a reverse motion; none was taught correct, none bothered to know right. Everything that is happening is the manifestation of their wicked mentality, a vicious cycle which is moving in a wrong direction.

Justice doesn’t come with a Candle March in the dark night or by igniting fire on the roads till it gives fumes, or by blaming the other irrelevant bags of bones, after one has already died; it comes with the awareness and the knowledge that has to be passed on. The right kind of values and understanding can stop such shameful and evil acts from taking place, to save a life.

Justice is letting a life live. Justice is not something for granting, but a right.

A dead can never be served the justice for dying; it does justice to us, if served; as a society we may feel relieved of our guilt, to some extent.

PS: I do not intend to hurt anyone’s emotions, I just want to communicate that such acts in the name of RELIGION and REVENGE are completely void as long as humanity is concerned.
I am still unable to overcome whatever news about that heinous and monstrous act my ears and eyes heard and watched.
Be humans to become humans and not criminals, that was the height of all crimes. Such a black day it was.

“During all those times when they were worshiping and glorifying, she was dying. Their God might have become selfish on the doomsday”!

Rest in Peace Asifa!

#रshmi