To India's sons,
Since childhood, everytime I've picked up a newspaper or watched news on TV, I've come across hundreds of cases of brutal rapes & horror stories of other crimes committed by men against women. And I am sick of it. The faces, names & stories of these women will be etched in my mind and heart forever. I am sick of talking about it, sick of spreading awareness, sick of my heart dropping in my stomach everytime my uber driver strays from the route, or being in an empty street or being touched without consent in crowded metros,buses & clubs, every fucking day & night. We have our guard up every single second of every single minute of every single hour of every single day of our entire lives no matter where we are. In workplaces, public transport, cabs, our own fuckin' homes, there's no place that's safe. Just so sick of it; sick of being a woman in a man's world.
It's heartbreaking -- hearing these stories, because it could easily be me someday, or my mother, or my sister, or any of my loved ones, and there is absolutely NOTHING we can do about it. Nobody can. This is our fate - to either live in fear and just hope & pray that we're lucky enough not to get raped & killed in this country, or worse, live that fear.
No, I'm not suddenly feeling this way because yet another girl was brutally raped & burnt alive. This is how women feel all the time. I am angry, not just for Nirbhaya or for the woman in Hyderabad or for the little girl in Kashmir, but for thousands of other "India's daughters" that we lose every day.
This message today is for MEN. PLEASE, WAKE UP? Feminism isn't bullshit, objectifying women isn't casual, not standing up to men that you witness abusing, demeaning women is NOT OKAY. We're sick of fighting this battle alone. This cause is yours to fight as much as it is ours.
Talk about this. Why don't men ever talk about this? Read up on it. EDUCATE any young minds you have an influence on. Have tough conversations in your own house, with your own friends. STOP watching & SUPPORTING movies that glorify objectification of women & blurr the lines of consent.
BE FURIOUS WITH US. Be a part of the movement as if it were your own. NOW!