"Mom, there is a New Year party organized, all my friends are going may I join them too??"... "No dear, you can’t it is not safe to go out…"
Heyy girls, isn’t it the common response to most of you from your parents??? I am pretty sure, most of you will agree to this.
Although position and status of women has risen incredibly in the 20th century because of the long struggle going back over the century, but the idea that we are equal steps at ground beneath our feet, no matters what our esteemed leaders have said or done. Somewhere down our heart we have accepted this bitter truth that women are a second grade citizen.
After so many years of male dominance, having entered in 21st era-a feminine era, it is hard to believe that still there are several places across the world where harmful customs of ancient world co-exist with modern thoughts and ideas, but it may hardly be a surprise for one who lived in India, the dichotomy of society is something that can only be explained by a refrain from an old Bollywood song: “It happens only in India!”. Yes, it is India where brutal gang rapes occur frequently, which is headed many times by a women, where goddess is worshipped. And thus India is counted as fourth most dangerous country in the world for women
We all are well aware of the incidents happening with women. Recent Nirbhaya case had an astonishing and grim variety to it. A group of people silenced the screams of a 23-year-old girl in India. Well, if we start talking about facts and figures of such cases we will land up with an endless list, apart from the fact that huge number of cases are not even reported.
Well my aim through this article is not to present these figures, as media, newspaper, internet are enough to fulfil this purpose. But to make you all realize that still somewhere women are not enjoying their part of freedom. Still before going out, a woman has so many concerns to think over like she has to come back home on time, whether her dress won’t put invitation to any demon. Yeah a woman’s outfit is considered as one of the major reasons of felony that can happen to her. Come on, how sexual assault can be a victim’s fault? Someone has to act to commit rape. No one forces that choice. If, seeing an enticing woman led men to conclude, “I’ve got to rape her,” then all men would be rapists. Yet few are.
From her very childhood, a girl is taught dos and don’ts, first by her parents, then by her mate, so that she can live a safe & peaceful life in this patriarchal society. She is asked to make compromises at every stage of life… and guess what that stupid girl starts following that…. She forgets that she too owns a beautiful life given by God as to all humans, that she too can do whatever her heart says… can freely move around and explore… fearlessly.
Every human being, man and woman, was created for the same purpose -- to fuse body and soul in order to make themselves and their world a better and holier place. All men and women must be themselves, realizing that God has given each of us unique abilities with which to pursue our goals, and that our primary responsibility is to take full advantage of those abilities without misusing them.
Let’s join hands together and create a world where both enjoy all rights without dominating over the other, let’s give woman a safer world where she too can utilize her potential and fulfill all her dreams… Girls, Rise to your true prominence, realize your strengths, break all the barriers, go, chase your dreams with conviction and just slay the demons coming around in your way.
Fly high, reach the peak, touch the moon… You are not far away.... you can be there soon!!!