Why do we need a ‘Nirbhaya’ to make us realise the gravity of rape?
Why do we need a #MeToo to make us realise that our friends, sisters, daughters, mothers and almost all of the women we know have been subjected to sexual abuse at least once in their lives?
Why, even after all this, the ‘Tall, Dark & Handsome’ of this world will not change?
Is it because we have never had our b**** groped in public?
Is it because we have never been looked at lasciviously?
Or, is it because we know that we can do anything and get away with it?
Welcome to the 21st century, where on one hand we are moving towards a more connected world while on the other hand, we are losing touch with sanity. With the sheer number of crimes happening against women every year, it’s a no-brainer actually if #MeToo shows up on any of your social media profiles.
Sure, one can argue that men have also been victims of sexual abuse but then so is marital rape a criminal offence. Here, the fault, dear Human, is not in our stars, but in ourselves. We shouldn’t need someone to tell us what’s right and what’s wrong, we should understand it ourselves. Empathy, not sympathy, is the key here.
Let us make it the last time we hear of such stories, not because the victims were silenced but because we, the perpetrators, silenced the fiend in us. Because the world needs more fairy tales to make it a better place to live in.