Sunday, April 01, 2007

Suffering in silence

I am one of the many women who have to rely on local trains for daily commute and like these thousands others have to face horrific conditions. To begin with the pathetic conditions of stations & platforms, the beggars and eunuchs in trains and just 4 compartments for women so that they are packed in like sardines. But all this is still better than what we have to face once we get out on stations.
I for one get down at the extremely crowded Dadar station. The staircases are so narrow there that there is almost a stampede everyday. But the worst part is disgusting and frustrated men taking advantage of the situation. Almost everyday me and hundreds of women have to face groping and touching in the guise of crowded station. I am one of the rare women to raise my voice and make a scene. But I am just looked at as a hysterical woman and dismissed. What’s more women themselves don’t support me and look away as if they don’t want to be a part of the whole thing. But believe me that does not deter me I have and will continue to make noise and fight for this extreme violation of my rights. This is not all, today there are police stationed in almost all stations but any plea of help to them falls on deaf ears.
The other day some men had gotten into ladies compartment all women silently let it happened. Only me and another women raised our voices and made sure these people got down but again the rest simply looked away.
I think we as women have become used to suffering in silence. We have become increasingly indifferent to sufferings of others and increasingly tolerant to crime against ourselves. We cant care less. So what if such heinous crime does not get reported, so what if I have to suffer day after day from such violations, so what if these frustrated sick men if not stopped today graduate to doing something more dangerous. I don’t care. That’s what our attitudes have become.
So many times I have fought for other women. I have seen such things happening in front of my eyes and tried to stop it but when the victim herself looks away and goes silently how much can I do?
What has happened to our conscience, our self-respect, and our esteem? Why are we killing it with our own hands? What stops us from fighting against injustice and crime?
Wake up women please. Scream, shout for that matter hit the next creep who has the audacity to touch you. Make an example out of every small incident; put fear in their mind so that they never do such a crime again. For tomorrow it will be your daughters who will be walking around in fear.


Blogger Godwin said...

Men will never Grow up,

and Ladies will be Ladies Biggest enemies.

A warrior that fights for the right, would be least but even in death- Victory is for the Dead Warrior

5:14 AM  
Blogger Bharat said...

unfortunately , you are the weaker sex ... need men to protect you ... that society tells .... but who's going protect women from those men ...

one solution ... fight , even if you are alone in it.

fire starts small, but when given enough catalyst it spreads like wild fire , destroying every thing in is path


well written girl

12:31 AM  
Blogger abhinav said...

Check out Blank Noise Project, which is a good forum started out by a few women (and a braver lot of men too).

The fight is never so easy as you might think. The strength is in unity. Unless and until girls unite for their common cause and also receive support from "still sane" men as well.

We will win if we are together fighting for it.

As for the trains, I myself travelled from Bandra to Mahalaxmi for 6 months, and I always thought there is so much rush that no one would care trying such an atrocious thing. It appears that I was in a greater rush than the other guys!

8:41 PM  
Blogger mehul06 said...

go ahead and fight for yourself as the ill mannered men's wont change.
they behave like a perverts in this society.

u cud also compare the statistics with the other states in india, wherein females are still secured in area like bombay.(apart from some rare cases)

11:44 AM  
Blogger Prashant said...

well its always been the same for the womens..I really feal sorry. But its their reponsibility to raise their voice..If they will not say or do nething then I dont think ne one will come forward.
I fail to understand human mentality....on one hand we pray Godess Laxmi, Durga etc and on other hand we misbehave with womens who r sombodies mom, sister, wife.
Its time to grow up and to get civilized...Is everybody listening???

It was really nice to read ur experiece...keep up the spirit to fight all those anti social elements of the society


11:58 AM  
Blogger Just J said...

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10:26 PM  
Blogger Just J said...

nicely written..n well articulated

10:27 PM  

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