Being a woman in India:

Within a few days, we’ll be back to our new normal again, soaked in the spirit & valor of Navratri, praying for nine continuous days in front of goddess Durga, the ultimate goddess of Shakti: Power, for whom we have no literal respect left. Celebrating Durga puja without respecting the Durga herself? Many of you may feel offended over my statement, but let me continue plz.

Hathras Rape Case.

When a daughter is born, we usually say, ” Lakshmi aayi hai aapke ghar mai”.
When we are grateful to the food we eat, we know there’s the Annapurna devi, who’s serving food & nutrition on our plates & ensures that no one sleeps empty stomach.
When we talk about this country, “India as a whole”, we pay respect to the Bharat mata who has seen generations of Mata’s, behen, patni, beti or women in any form, not being respected or not treated fairly.

It all started with Sati, women being thrown into the fire as a dedication for her late husband.
Girls being married at a young age & getting pregnant and then facing complications and even death, as their body was not mature enough to handle a child at such a fragile age. Women being beaten up, for having a girl child, where did the respect for the Durga go back then?

The brutal Hathras incident which took place on September 14, 2020 with a 19-year-old woman
left me feeling extremely sad, but not shocked. Because we all knew somewhere that we were heading towards this brutal image of India in future. With Damini, Kathua, Unnao, we all knew that our daughters weren’t safe enough. Now, I understand why my Dadi always wanted a son, coz she was too scared to bring a girl into this world & risk her life among the monsters who live here. Maybe, she understood this world better, but maybe my Dadi should have tried to make his sons & grandsons a better example on how to treat women with respect, rather than being stereotypical about raising a woman.

Every second girl reading this caption, has gone through some kind of harassment, teasing, brutality or molestation in her life & either she remained silent to be a dignified part of the society or she raised her voice & was ultimately shut down by the society, calling her the “one with fault”.

Is the law and order of India stringent enough to control rapes.

I have no hard facts regarding the Hathras case, coz the political & administrative wing of Uttar Pradesh didn’t leave any evidence to be studied. I don’t think, a mother can ever fake report for her daughter being found brutally raped & naked. As a woman, it quivers my soul down. And in the end, she was denied the basic human right of dignified cremation too? Also, do you know 19% more cases are reported under the POSCO act this year? And don’t even start me on the quarantine domestic violence reports!

Some people blame clothing, I ask you, what kind of clothes a 4-month baby was wearing that seduced you to mutilate her body parts. Some say women are outside till too late: Oh, then what about the rapes that happen in striking daylight and no one is there for the rescue. Some say women are acting way to modernized, ohk so answer me, why a woman covered in hijab/ burkha from top to bottom or a mother in her late 60’s, get raped by her own son?
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You all are fighting for women today, for a girl I deeply feel for as a younger sister who doesn’t even exist now. But, I ask you, What have you been doing for the past 2 mths. Without any solid proof/, or even with pieces of evidence, you were just shaming a woman & promoting the media channels by raising their TRP to run behind their cars like wild dogs. All you people talk about is: Deepika, sara, Rhea, etc, and you still deny to see where the exact problem lies?

We demand change in Indian mentality

It’s our mentality that has not grown, it is our attachment towards sensationalism & masala that is growing over the years. We are the ones who are supporting these stupid Media channels, which don’t focus on the real issues. And for all the women out there, I would just like to say: “Being a woman is a matter of birth, but being a strong, brave & fearless woman is a matter of choice”. Maybe it’s high time, we show the world that we are not just Lakshmi, Annapurna and Saraswati, we can bee Kali too.
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15 Comments

    1. Greetings sir, exactly I can understand this fact but in India, the present cases are facing the death of democracy, it’s more about class based rape and small babies which are 6 month old and 2 years old are getting raped by their own kins, and it’s extremely sad to see that sir. Also, the recent Hathras case is highlighted in this and has created a wave of shock in India, coz not only the girl was gang-raped, but the police officials and hospital administration burnt her body/ creamted her without any consent of their family, leaving no room for evidences. It’s the political game. And Uttar Pradesh has been facing this since a long time. They are protecting their party members or influential people by conducting accidents on the victim or victims family some times or doing some other stuff. And it’s the wrong use of authority clearly.

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      1. I fully understood the post as I have read other posts about the same thing. I was not minimalizing the problem in India or what you were saying. Just pointing out it is a problem in many countries and for many of the same reasons you posted. It should not happen anywhere for any reason.

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      2. Yes sir, I understood that and that is totally respected. I was just giving the context of the situtation, as I was unaware whether you knew that or not. And it’s true, these kind of things shouldn’t be existing at all, in any part of this globe.

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    1. Exactly, thankyou so much for understanding the essence of it. And it is very very disappointing to see such things happening around us and the administration rather just burning the body of the victim rather than conducting post mortem or anything to remove the evidences. Thats like the death of democracy and right to life and Liberty.

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      1. Many people call it culture and think things can not be changed therefore. That makes me very angry. There is no culture of hurting and raping human beings! It is only vicious, sadistic behavior and an absolute wrong social development.
        I do often think about, why mothers are not able to raise up their sons in respect for women. Mothers mostly are respected by their sons, why not other women? Do they want to stay unique for the sons? What is it? Where are the roots of this cruelties?

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  1. MANY CHRISTIANS DON’T UNDERSTAND YOUR EXTREME PLIGHT AS A FEMALE—BUT SHOULD. YOUR OWN MEN SHOULD HAVE A BETTER VISION OF THEMSELVES AND YOU. WHAT CAN BE DONE? A MASSIVE REVOLUTION OR CHANGE OF HEART-? NOT MANY PEOPLE LIKE THE POTENTIAL ANSWER—! I PRAY TO GOD FOR YOUR RESCUE!

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    1. Greetings Jonathan, Hope you are safe and you are doing well. I fully respect what you said about the situation. Maybe not a massive revolution, but I can forecast a slow revolution revolving around since ages, also strict laws and order would help. But the most important is the personal mentality of the man involved, this kind of mentality should not exist in the first place, coz they have no fear of God or social or formal order and institutions. I think so if a family, treats and raises the male child of the house with some strict standards and respect for women and the husband and wife put a strong example of mutual cooperation and respect for each other’s gender in front of the children. May be that could lead to an entirely changed mentality. The mentality of such children would never develop in a negative manner, thinking of women as just sexual objects.

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  2. Thank you for sharing this, It has reminded me of the injustices’ women continue to face every single day, even in the 21st century. Our prayers go out to the women in India.

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  3. Well expressed..
    The problem with most of us is manifold…ranging from short memory…I am.not bothered till my daughter or someone known is targetted…a definite answer will only be found when the individuality of a girl ..a woman is recognised…..her right over her life..she is not just born to marry..produce children and just die as a surname…allow them.to live with their name…make a name .
    Regards

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