2017 has not started with a good note for a lot of women in Bengaluru (formerly known as Bangalore) as they were subjected to mass molestation by a group of unruly men in spite of the presence of cops who remained as mute spectator and had failed to come forward to their rescue. This incident has caused national outrage bringing back the subject of women safety. Adding more fuel to fire were some politicians, including Abu Azmi, who irked everyone with his sexist statement along with an absurd analogy, blaming the victims for wearing short dresses as a sign of inviting to be raped.
Yesterday, a CCTV footage clip from the lanes of Bengaluru went viral where we saw a woman got stalked, groped, molested and violently pushed by two scooter-borne men that had all of us flabbergasted. In between, #NotAllMen were trending in the social media suggesting not to generalize all men for those few creep men who had the gumption to violate women and compromise their safety, which obviously didn’t go down well since it was ill-timed.
Social media esp. Twitter is unsurprisingly abuzz with a lot of tweets that have pitted both men and women against each other yet somewhere amidst this chaos, I happened to read some thread by women that made complete sense, rational and clear articulating it.
Before that, I would like to share a chilling experience of molestation shared by a woman name Sonam Mahajan (@AsYouNotWish), who had endured during her stay in Bangalore in 2015. Reading this sent chills down my spine and made me realize that good men’s silence often embolden such creep’s audacity to attack women.
Please be informed that Sonam, by no means, endorses generalization of men in Bengaluru, she’s has only opened about her trauma that needs to be heard by one and all
Nupur Jhunjhunwala (@UnSubtleDesi)
Nupur Jhunjhunwala, in the light of mass molestation in Bengaluru, had vent out her emotions and anguish in the below tweets.
This thread has been warmly appreciated by one and all because the emotions Nupur invested while writing this thought-provoking words resonated with all of us, not only urging us to introspect but also managed to make space in a lot of articles reaching out to a lot of people. Nupur has also criticized National Commission for Women (NCW) for wasting time seeking apology from insensitive politicians and not working towards real cause of implementing mandatory self-defense classes in mainstream academia for girls.
She tagged Rekha Sharma, member of NCW to get her attention towards this important point.
And Nupur did get response from Rekha,
Shuchi Singh Kalra (@shuchikalra)
Well known writer and author of two immensely successful novels “Done with men” and “I am big. So What?” Shuchi Singh Kalra, written a thread of tweet about the trauma of sexual abuse she experienced as a child when she was only 7.
Shuchi has even suggested some self defense technique, which she admitted that, it wouldn’t make sense as of now but will be of great help if faced with such adversities.
I hope all of you might take a cue from these rational and articulated tweets of Nupur and Shuchi and try to understand what’s happening around us and uniformly figure out solutions to stop this crime of violence in the first place itself.
Meanwhile to all the men out there, please don’t feel that you are being blamed. I am ending this blog with my FB post that I believe would encourage you all to perceive the situation from a different perspective.