Stepping out of home is getting Scarier

I no longer feel secured to take a taxi or an auto, even if I am accompanied by a close relative or friend.

I no longer feel safe to be away from home, past 6 PM.

In fact, I am no longer strong enough to read newspapers!

I am not scared of thefts or accidents. But every man walking, standing and driving on the roads seem a potential rapist to me. If it could happen in a public transport in the country’s capital city, it can happen anywhere and everywhere in this country. If the country’s laws can set the animal-in-human form free, there’s nothing else we can rely upon, for justice. If responsible ministers can blame the women but not the men of our country, then it’s up to us to take care of our safety.

The irony of the increasing sexual crimes in the country is that, it’s actually not the crime rate that’s increasing but the reporting rates which seem to have increased lately. Though it is a positive step, it is alarming to note that only 1 in 100 women who encounter sexual violence* come forward to report it to the police. I understand how difficult it is to speak about such nightmares, even to our mothers. However, please be aware that beyond our personal difficulties lies huge personal and social necessities.

*Sexual violence is not necessarily rape or physical harm alone. Be informed of the terms and acts of Sexual harassment, Voyeurism and Stalking too.

Of course, we are scared, we are embarrassed, we are hurt. So we refrain from reporting. But are we sure that we are safe now? Can we take it for granted that it’s over? No! As a matter of fact, not-reporting increases the possibilities of a recurrence. In other words, Beware! We are inviting them! So, let’s report because we need protection.

Knowyourrights

If no report is made, be sure that the convict will continue to live – without guilt; without fear. Not only are we giving a chance for us to get hurt again but we might also become the reason for others to face a similar wrath. Soon after we register an FIR at a police station (which need NOT be close to where you live or where the incident happened), the police officials will begin investigations. And that shall mark the first threat to the convict. So, let’s report because we need to protect others.

Imagine we die without ever reporting it. We may survive the rest of lives but we would never actually live. The anguish, the grudge, the helplessness – all of it will continue to leech the mind, blood and body. No matter what the law decides to do with the culprit, we must feel relieved that we did the right thing to ourselves. So, let’s report because we need to do justice to ourselves.

Yes, stepping out of home is getting scarier.

But let’s be determined to step out!

And before we do, let’s Know our Rights**.

Read these points & Watch the Video.

**Amnesty International India, through its ‘Know Your Rights’ initiative, makes police stations friendlier for common people, like us, to help report sexual violence without fear. In July 2015, the Bengaluru Police joined hands with the initiative. On December 21st, 2015, the Pune police is coming forward. Let’s support too. Click on the image to know more.

Amnesty Internaitonal Know Your Rights

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