Thursday, June 28, 2012

why delhi will always remain unsafe for women no matter what we do..

On June 23, 2012 around 1 PM, my friend  boarded the general car of the metro at Noida City Center. She was standing near the doors minding her own business and after a while she felt a guy hovering over her. She thought maybe he has to get off and asked him if he needed to. He told her no, he doesnt need to get off and kept leaning over her. So she asked him to back off a little. He refused and went on to ask my friend that why is she traveling here and not in a womens car. My friend told him there is no restriction on women to travel anywhere cause women can travel decently and asked him to step back. Another guy came in to talk to this offending guy to move. The first guy refuses and soon a fight ensued between these two guys. The fight escalated so drastically that the bad guy hits the helping guy so hard that he fell to the ground bleeding profusely.

All the other 40-50 men in the car start shouting at my friend that she is the reason for this fight, that because of her speaking out the men started fighting, and that she should get off the train!! Shocked, my friend shouted back at these men SHE is not the reason the men are fighting, she stood up for herself and had both politely and then demanded the man to back off, which he refused and continued to harass her and only one guy decided to do something about it and was beaten up. None of these men tried to stop the harassment or even to stop the fight and stood by and watched. My friend calls #100 to report the incident, the fellow who answered the phone hangs up. In the meanwhile all the men are shouting that these girls are to blame and they make the men fight. They kept shouting at her to get off the train and saying things like "Ladkiyan to hoti hi aisee hain...wo dono pit gaye par isko koi asar nahi huya". My friend continued to stick to her stance that she has just as much right to be in the metro as any man and she is not the reason the two men fought, they fought cause one was a pervert and the other tried to teach him some manners. How traumatising it was for my friend to have 50 odd men and surprisingly few women as well, who continued to verbally harass her- for speaking out against harassment and for refusing to leave the metro, just cannot be described in words. Is this what we are now, that one woman has to stand against 50 men shouting that she has as much right to travel as they do without being harassed and when she speaks up no one steps forward to help her and turn right back around and BLAME her!

Dear Men of Delhi and the North:
1. Nothing the administration does to make Delhi safe for women will work if you want delhi to remain unsafe for women.
2. Not all men are bad or lecherous. However, all men who DO NOT oppose such men are as bad. So are all women who judge other women.
3. There is a reason why reservations are needed for women. You are that reason. Remember that.

Friday, June 15, 2012

bcs gomu liked it.. khala...

तुम चल पड़ी थी
समंदर में
डूब कर मरने के लिए
पर तुम नहीं जानती
समंदर का फर्श
थोड़ी देर तक धीरे धीरे ढलान में ढलता है
और फिर
गिर जाता है
बहुत, बहुत गहरा
बहुत, बहुत अचानक.
बस, यहीं रुक जाओ।
इसी जगह।
यहाँ से आगे
सिर्फ खला है।
tum chal padi thi
samandar mein
doob kar marne ke liye
par tum nahi jaanti
samandar ka farsh
thodi der tak dheere dheere dhalaan mein dhalta hai
aur phir
gir jaata hai
bahut, bahut gehra
bahut, bahut achanak.

bas yahin ruk jao, isi jagah, abhi.
yahaan se aage
sirf khala hai

Sunday, June 10, 2012

peepal... aur tum..

peepal ke gird
lal dhaga baandh kar
maangti hain

jo mere jeevan ke
peepal ho
- sthir, adol, anant..
tumhare gird
lal dhaga baandh kar,
tumhe maang loon??