A chronicle of a million girls

source:http://www.lemonadecouture.comShe opens her eyes to smiling faces. To a world of joy and innocence. She becomes a daughter, a niece and plays so many roles along the path of life. She dawns the role of a wife and mother too. She gives life and she nurtures it. She makes a million sacrifices all along. She laughs, she cries, adds a hint of drama and loves unconditionally. She is getting old but she doesn’t lose her ability to love and sacrifice endlessly for the ones she loves. She is gentle but she is strong. She is loving but she is strict. She knows how to care but she also knows how to fight back for justice.

This is the life of a woman and this is the power of what a single soul can do. I don’t have enough words to describe the word “woman”. She is an epitome of power with generosity. Or is she?

A country like India worships the 9 forms of Goddesses Durga for 18 days a year and the same country crushes the rights of a woman to even breath freely. A woman is repeatedly told the ‘rules and regulations’ to live, sorry correction, to survive in the society. She is told what to wear, how to talk and how to walk. She is repeatedly humiliated and teased for no reason. She can’t wear what she wants, she can’t speak up for her rights and she is not listened to. All this because the men of the society keep exclusive rights to turn her life into a living hell if she ‘crosses the line’. She weeps in a corner waiting for a ray of hope that is never going to turn up.

The men? Oh no, they don’t need any rules because THEY make them. The men of the society are free. They can talk about anything, they can go anywhere and most importantly do anything they want. They pass crude comments on women, follow them and RAPE them.

crowdThe Government? They watch the drama unfold before their eyes with a bucket of popcorn. Women are not considered first citizens of the country, so they don’t have equal rights either. Only writing with black ink doesn’t help and that is sadly the case with India. We are the world’s biggest democracy and we are the world’s biggest myopic fools. We wait until the situation gets out of hand and then give interviews on the T.V for useless footage. Yes, we are that dumb.

India is in a sad state right now as far as women’s safety is concerned. The main reason being the number of rapes happening in the country and the alarming number of rape cases still pending in the court. The figure is 95,000. Does it astonish you? It doesn’t astonish me because I know that these are just a small fraction of the huge number that accompany this monstrous act.

It leaves me sad, aggravated and largely scared. I live in the capital of the biggest democracy of the world and I am not safe. So I don’t feel the need to go to the small towns to show you the scary picture of this male dominated society that India is. A medical student was raped recently and she died. Her death brought a revolution in the country of sleeping souls. People felt so unsafe and so angry that they came out on the roads in millions. There were candle light marches, protests and speeches. The momentum is still there. Nobody is ready to let go the tragedy that happened a fortnight back.

protestBut the Government acted in the usual and predictable manner. Stopped the protests, closed the roads and any means of transport that could allow people to unite. India is divided in two halves, the politicians and the people. Sadly people don’t understand this fact. The shouting of slogans and peaceful marches isn’t going to help in the long run. A law will be passed for our security, then what? Everything goes back to where it was.

Maybe everybody knows that but they are too saddened and angry to sit at home. The anger has finally come out and a revolution like no other is witnessed in this democracy. Second to the freedom fight that took place decades back. WE have to unit, WE have to think and only WE have to act intelligently. That lost life will never come back but that life taught millions of Indians something that they will remember till the end of their lives.

Every victim weeps with tears of blood. Isn’t she a human being? Why is she treated as an object and not as a human? source: the Hindu

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207 thoughts on “A chronicle of a million girls

  1. Thanks for visiting my site. I read your post and I feel your frustration in every word. I have followed this story on the news here in Canada. The world is listening. Keep writing and reaching out. And, as thoughtbugs asked, tell us what we can do to help.

  2. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I have enjoyed reading your posts and am sickened and outraged by the mistreatment of women in India. I think it is wonderful you are writing about it and giving these women a much-needed and rightful voice. Keep up the good work. I look forward to following your future posts.

  3. What a beautifully written story,I think sometimes my struggles to become a woman are insurmountable and then I see how hard women must struggle in this world and my troubles seem small in comparison.

  4. So moving Tanushree and I agree with every word. The case in Delhi was unthinkable but actually happened and it is just so important that these dreadful events are not forgotten. Your writings on behalf of the rights of women are truly awe inspiring and I hope you continue to champion the cause all of your days. Women need you to speak out and to give them the courage to do the same.

    I lived in India for a few years and so empathise closely with your every word on this subject. Well said Tanushree and God bless you. Alan x

  5. Wow! Beautiful one! You got it down pat! NOTHING but NOTHING will work! Only to sit at the feet of our Creator outside of the wicked religious realm, ONLY but ONLY the Almighty Creator of our beings can rescue us from the hands of the tyrants! And He will! And He is doing it through individuals like you and me and others who dare to speak TRUTH!

  6. This reminds me of South Africa long ago (well, the stories I heard). I for one am glad that India still has some decent women who carry the role of being a woman with pride. I am no expert but I strongly believe that the answer lies in women inspiring men to go where they can’t.

    There may be a lot of blood shed in the fight for this freedom but its a freedom worth fighting for. The zulus in my country have a saying, “you strike a woman, you strike a rock”.

    Women have the power to adapt to any situation and rise above it, at the same time a woman has the power to inspire a man to become a superhero too!

    I don’t know if you’re understanding what I’m saying here but you can count on my hand to join you in your struggle. If you need some help, let me know how I can help.

    Truly inspired gentleman.

    • Awesome thoughtful and inspired response. You have a hero’s heart. May you become a strong voice to change the culture that triggered this expose.

  7. Tanushree I applaud you for being a pro active young lady for providing such an intimate perception of the women in India. We at living your truth implore women of all nationalities to bond and strengthing communications with women Globally. Stay Engaged in this struggle for liberation and do your best, change doesn’t come overnight but it does and will show up when caring souls likes ours pray for relief and guidance. Namaste young lady and thank you for visiting. If we all would look deeper into our mirrors the world would truly evolve. May Love and Truth protect and guide you. Taylor

  8. Thanks for reading my blog! I am new to blogging. WOW – reading your post is truly an eye opener. I read about this in the news, but you made me realize that I need to be paying more attention. Looking forward to reading more from you!

  9. Very moving and well written. I think this is an issue that really needs to be heard. Good for you to be speaking out! I hope this helps raise awareness in the world and gives hope to these women.

  10. Thanks for sharing this. Having been able to travel in India for a short time and enjoyed it, I hope the society brings about changes that would improve the sad situation of women there. It is a beautiful country after all.

  11. I commend you for your dedication to freeing the women of India from the tyrants who allow and support the behaviors of those who commit such horrendous acts. You are the voice of change.

  12. After reading this post I forgot to offer my gratitude for your visit to my blog. Thanks so much. I’ll be back.

  13. I regret you and all women in India have to live this ‘terror’ life. Your voice is heard and brave you are for speaking out. I bow in reverence to your courage and conviction.

  14. Beautifully written, and heartwrenching. Please know that I and many, many others who cherish freedom and human rights, are with you in your struggle. Your voice rings out loud and clear. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Courage.

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