We do not wish to be India’s daughters.
On the 14th of September, 2020, a 19-year-old Dalit woman from the city of Hathras in Uttar Pradesh, was brutally gang-raped by four upper-caste men. They also gouged out her eyes, cut off her tongue, and broke her spinal cord because of which she suffered multiple fractures and intense bleeding. On the 29th of September, she succumbed to her injuries and became just another statistic in India — a country in which a woman is raped every 15 minutes.
While all four accused were arrested, the Uttar Pradesh police refused to hand over the woman’s mortal remains to her family and forcefully cremated her in the early hours of the 30th of September. The horrendous incident (rightly) sparked outrage amongst Indians with many protesting the actions of the police and demanding an end to our country’s prevalent rape culture.
Like many, many different girls earlier than her, Manisha Valmiki was christened ‘India’s daughter’, as a result of that is who you change into when one thing horrific and unspeakable occurs to you.
Mere hours after Manisha’s dying, a 22-year-old Dalit girl from Balrampur, additionally in Uttar Pradesh, died after being drugged and gang-raped by two males. She additionally turned India’s daughter — a lady who serves as a carriage for the nation’s guilt.
Keep in mind the Unnao rape sufferer? She was additionally India’s daughter — a lady who bears the load of our nation’s collective failure. 8-year-old Asifa was additionally India’s daughter and so was Priyanka Reddy. After which there was Jyoti Singh — India’s Nirbhaya, maybe India’s first daughter.
Being India’s daughter entails lots of stress and sacrifices. It’s important to endure the ache of being diminished to a mere object. It’s important to put up with the ordeal of being persistently robbed of your company. It’s important to endure by the hands of a system that stands towards you in each conceivable means. Being India’s daughter is synonymous with having your existence erased in probably the most grotesque method doable. Being India’s daughter is having justice denied to you at each step of the way in which.
We stock worry inside us. We stock rage. We stock disappointment. However we don’t want to carry extra burdens as a result of being India’s daughter is a burden.
It should not be our cross to hold.
We’re not your daughters. We don’t want to be your daughters. As a result of nothing good ever comes out of being India’s daughter.
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