HI everyone! Hope your internships provided you with one hell of an experience. Even if it did not, never mind. The bright side is we are back and together! Gone are those days when we were tagged as #THE JUNIORS. Welcome to our final year at TSM and allot is awaiting you SENIORS! (P.s. try getting familiar to this tag).Anyways I don t want to take up your time. I just want to share something which made me ponder! Please don’t tag me a feminist because I am not, for from how I am about to narrate I may sound like one!
I am just a muddle-headed 23 year old! Sounds like a genuine intro I guess! So here I go. What is it like to be a young woman in India? After what had happened on 16th December 2012, the night which turned out to be every woman’s worst nightmare and when whole nation plunged into darkness as India united as one, I heaved a huge sigh of relief “This is it!!At least from now on there will be safety ensured for the children of tomorrow.” But there was a part of me which did not allow me to completely believe this ideology. Soon the sudden bright light which was glowing all over India started diminishing and my fallacy was proved completely wrong. Certain things can’t be easily eradicated I guess! On an average 4 rapes were reported each day in Delhi in 2013.
An American student Michella Cross who had come to study in India describes India as “Traveler’s heaven, Woman’s hell” She had narrated about the horrifying experiences that she had to encounter on her 3-month stay in India, where she describes thus “no way to prepare for the eyes, the eyes that every day stared with such entitlement at my body, with no change of expression whether I met their gaze or not. Walking to the fruit seller’s or the tailor’s I got stares so sharp that they sliced away bits of me piece by piece.” When some consider losing to Pakistan in a one-day match as the greatest shame to the country, can you please tell me which the greater shame is? What made me ponder on this issue now is the chilling reminder of the Nirbhaya case which happened in Haryana recently where a girl was gang raped in a brutal manner. An autopsy of the victim showed that the woman’s skull had been shattered, and sharp objects may have been inserted into her private parts.
Another such incident happened in Gurgaon where a 22-year-old woman was allegedly gang-raped by three men after throwing her nine-month old daughter off the auto rickshaw in which she was travelling, leading to the death of her child. How merciless and cold-hearted can people be! What were the mistakes of these two women? Was it the fact that they were born girls? With such hungry predators roaming the streets of India how can women possibly be safe? I feel vulnerable because I am a part of what constitutes “HER” in this society. Even though draped I feel naked .Castrating rapists was once seen as just a hyperbole, but not now! Recently a young law student in Kerala chopped off the penis of her rapist, in what she claims to be an act of vengeance and self-defense. Atta girl!!She should become a role model to many. All she did was act to the situation with sheer courage and wit. Can’t we do that? When such heartless scumbags do such shameful deeds why can’t we give them back what they deserve? They deserve nothing less than what that law student did! When every girl in India starts to rise up just like her, a safer India will not be a far cry in the long run. The question to every girl is “Do you have what it takes to do such an act?” and the question to every guy is “Are u the kind of guy you would want your daughter to marry?”
– TESS TREESA PAULY, II YEAR, PGDM