Women have always been the strong ones of the world. The men are always seeking from women a little pillow to put their heads down on. They are always longing for the mother who held them as infants.
With deep regret, I am compelled to write about all the mothers, sisters, daughters who are collectively known as women. I was longing to pen down my thoughts on this topic and I believe that there couldn’t have been a better time than this when we have lost India’s daughter: Amanat (23).
On the night of 16 December 2012 India’s daughter was gang raped brutally. India fought back and it was good to see a nation with a voice! Every one waited for her recovery but she died. The entire nation mourned – and most importantly, humanity mourned. Words like kindness, selflessness, brotherhood and fraternity seemed to be of no significance.
She died but left behind many unanswered questions. Does the society still consider women worthless? Are they subjected to such brutal treatment because they are physically weak? Are they any less than men? Are men unable to digest the fact that women are at par with them? Are men human beings or beasts? Are women objects to be used for the fulfilment of sexual desires by men? Where is it that the society is going wrong, and how can it be rectified? Why is gender bias there? Why are they subjected to evil social customs?
Being a girl myself I very well realise what she went through and what women have been going through since ages. History has recorded the kind of disregard that women met and still the society is not free of this -“”disregard””-. The list of incidents to prove this fact are countless, from the Pandavas putting their wives’ dignity at stake while gambling with the Kauravas to Amanat’s death.
Today, fathers who are supposed to be their daughters superheroes rape their daughters, and being a daughters myself I can’t even tell you how much a daughter loves her father. He is supposed to be her first love and the man she trusts and respects the most. What a shame! If this is the scenario, where should these girls go? Where should they hide? Where will they be safe?
Did nature gave men greater physical strength for this? No, this gift was given to them to protect their sisters, wives, daughters, mothers. They are not objects of sexual fulfillment: it is high time that the physically stronger breed understands that. I am sure you are not -“”beasts””- but -“”human beings””- that too civilised ones who just need to mend their ways.
Taking up the question: ‘Are women worthy or not?’ They are very much worthy and people should get it in their heads. Where have they not proved themselves? From Mary Kom earning laurels in the Olympics to Zia Moody being one of the most sought after corporate lawyers of the nation. Even on the academic front, girls are more sincere than the boys. They are doing great every-where. Two girls had topped the UPSC examination this year (2012). Respect and encourage them.
Another question I am very interested in raising is’ Why there is gender bias?’ Just because they have long hair and a different physical orientation? Just to remind you all, women “can” do everything. Those who think they can’t, get your facts corrected before your ego is hurt. The best example is Amanat herself: she still had the urge to live and move on in life even after that life changing incident. And then there are women serving in the army or the women bearing kids all alone. Women are much stronger and capable than men in many ways.
Time to sum up and this time I don’t have that -“”one last thing to say””- but -“”three things to say””-. The first one is for Amanat and the citizens of India and the world.
I am Amanat. Whoever she was but she was my reflection because she was a girl. You are Amanat. We all are Amanat. Let us fight on her behalf. Let us be her strength. This battle of love, kindness and selflessness must be won.
I respect you to no end. My salute to you and I really wish I was there to help you when you were in need. Rest in peace. You are safe up there with the gods and you are an inspiration for many.
The next message is for all the women not only in India but around the world. Why don’t you fight for your rights and the ill – treatment you have to go through? Raise your voice and fight. Fight till you get what you should be getting and till you are not independent. Try, try and try till you succeed. You are more powerful than you think. You have many weapons to bring the needed change.
The last message is for all the men and those people who need an immediate change in their mindsets. Respect ( I have used this term many times in this article because it is -“”most””- important) and the treatment that worthy human beings should be getting is the only thing they ask from you. So, give it to them. Protect them. Let them live their lives in a safe atmosphere. Change mindsets, change yourself. Change is the only solution. Work on it and make India and the world a better place to live in!