'Be the change you want to see in this world', a famous quote of Mahatma Gandhi is very applicable even today. The anger and resentment over the Delhi gang rape case has been seen and heard. Marches were carried out; protests and strong comments were made. Now what? Unfortunately the required change in the mindset has still not taken place.
OUTRAGED AND angry like every other woman of this country, I have also made provisions to keep myself safe by carrying pocket knife and being aware of surroundings while walking on the road. I was also under the impression that if I cried for help, the now aware citizens of my city will rush to help, however that was my misconception.
Walking down a crowded metro station one evening, a young boy barely out of his teens passed a lewd comment on me. I turned and screamed at him. He tried to walk away as if it was not him I was screaming at. I did not stop and chased him while repeating loudly what he had just said. He turned, shook his head at me and walked on. And not one person came to help me. To ask me what was wrong? Not one lady who had probably marched next to me in these protests tried to stop the boy.
What’s more when I came back and narrated this incident at home, I was rebuked for having incensed the boy. “What if he comes back and attacks you tomorrow?” I was asked.
If this boy decides to attack me tomorrow, will anyone on the crowded station come forward to help me? If they did not help me stop the boy, will they stop him if he is armed?
But the fear of what may happen is not going to stop me. For when I walked in the marches held for Delhi gang rape victim Jyoti Singh, I pledged to honour her memory, I pledged to stop suffering in silence, I pledged to fight back no matter how small the infraction seemed, I pledged to not see injustice done to another woman in front of my eyes.
And that’s exactly what I plan to do. I wonder how many took that pledge with me.