Life is not as easy as it seems for girls who are staying in Delhi, or you may say for girls living in any part of the world. Talking about Delhi specifically, over the last couple of years, the capital of India is rapidly becoming dishonorable because of rapes, molestation and harassment cases. Earlier Indians used to know the capital for its magnificent architecture, heritage monuments and unbeatable career opportunities but since December 2013, it is known for “Nirbhaya’s gang rape.” Recently, I went to a small town called Damo in Madhya Pradesh. There I got really shocked when a guy came up to me and said, “Hi buddy, so you are from Delhi. Really, it becomes so difficult to stay there, especially for girls. I clearly told my younger sister that go anywhere in India but not Delhi.” After listening to those words, I didn’t get the courage to highlight good things about the city where I was born and brought-up. The capital has earned the reputation of being India’s most unsafe city for women. It becomes a battle of respect and life for girls staying in Delhi. Every day, Delhi girls have to encounter several problems while commuting, at work or during leisure times. But the three major problems are:
- Molestation: You just cannot point out any girl around who hasn’t faced sexual molestation. No, I am not exaggerating at all. Believe me! One can easily find such incidents in metro, streets or buses on a daily basis. Last month, a woman travelling in Delhi Metro was molested by a guy, but to his surprise, she retaliated to such an extent that he would never ever do such thing again. But unfortunately, the cops involved in the case started questioning her as if she was the culprit. This is not at all surprising, as police often; blames woman or her clothes in such cases.
- Harassment At Work: Nowadays, there are growing numbers of harassment cases at work. This is yet another problem faced by most of the Delhi girls/women on a daily basis. What we all require is to get a promotion or increment, in general? Generally, hard work, good command over the process, excellent skills or good experience, this is what is required to be eligible for promotion in every organization of the world. But that’s not enough for girls. They need to please their bosses, cooperate with their inappropriate remarks and touches, and sometimes have to sleep with them to get a fu****g promotion. But why women have to go through this shit? Why it’s not applicable for men? Over the top, if woman surrenders herself to such behavior, then she earns the reputation of ‘Corporate slut.
- Fear Of Peeping Toms: Delhi girls are now facing this new emerging problem not only in parks with their boyfriends but also in malls, trial rooms, paying guests and public washrooms. There are many incidents when couples looking for some cozy moments in Delhi parks get caught by peeping toms who later harass and extort money from them. But recently, a landlord was arrested for downloading nude pictures of five college girls from a computer connected to the web camera placed in their bathroom via a cable. In another incident which took place in Delhi’s well-known mall’s sports apparel store, a girl caught a store employee taking her pictures on his smartphone while she was trying a dress in a trial room.
Likewise, there are several problems that Delhi girls face on a regular basis such as eve-teasing, vulgar stares and comments on their assets, but our government is as helpless as it was at the time of Nirbhaya’s brutal gang rape. Till today, capital girls have to face such problems every day and there is no stringent law implemented by the government or civil authorities. When media persons ask these ministers and officials about such cases in the city, they start blaming girls dressing sense. But why? What about those boys who wear disgustingly tight “chooridaar” pants and show their underwear via their low waist jeans? Why shorts and deep neck t-shirts are allowed for boys but not for girls? Why girls are called “Chalu” or “Intentional Show offers” when they wear shorts, skirts, cleavage-revealing tops or body-hugging clothes? Unfortunately, some people don’t want to address these questions as their thought process is as same as molesters and rapists. If given a chance, they would do the same thing because their mind-set is no different from them. Therefore, Delhi girls need to be brave and learn to teach a great lesson to these bloody desperate beings, rather than expecting anything from like-minded officials and ministers.
————– About the Author: The article has been contributed by our intern, Jaideep Singh. He started writing as a hobby but soon he realized that he wanted to do it for a living. Now he works as a professional writer and often takes time out to express his views and opinion on grave issues confronting the society. He firmly believes that writing is the most powerful medium to communicate with the entire society.