“Why she stayed QUIET? Why did she choose to suffer in SILENCE?”
More often than not we see our society shaming the victims and her family for not raising their voice against sexual abuse.
But, would they ever shame themselves?
Because, the moment when a woman gathers her courage to raise her voice against sexual abuse, the same society either punishes her or joins hands with her assaulters. It makes sure that neither she nor any other girl ever gather the courage to fight for their rights.
And, one such disturbing incident happened when a 48-year-old woman and her newly married 19-year-old daughter were punished for fighting for their dignity in Bihar.
As per the police, almost 6 people barged into the woman’s house and attempted to rape her daughter. But, this brave mother refused to stay silent and see her daughter become the victim of these men’s monstrous act.
Recalling her nightmare, the daughter shared with the police:
“Around 6.30 pm, half a dozen armed men forcibly entered my house and attempted to rape me. When my mother tried to save me, they started beating us,”
Not only they beat them with wooden sticks but also dragged these brave women outside their house to hold a ‘panchayat’. And, it was the decision of this panchayat that women need to be punished for raising their voices. And their punishment was to shave the women’s heads and parade them across the village.
While this was happening the brave men and women of our society turned into mere spectators.
No one raised the voice, No one retaliated, No one rescued these two brave women!
The police said that the ward councilor, a barber and three others were arrested by the police on Thursday after a video of the incident went viral on social media.
This incident reflects the hypocrisy that is in-built in our society.
It is so disheartening that our society takes out candle march when the victim has lost her life to sexual assault but doesn’t have the courage or will to take actions to save the same victim.
At I FOR HER, we are proud of these two courageous women who stood against the society to protect their dignity!
And, we hope this incident pushes us to introspect so that the next time when a moment arrives for us to show our commitment towards women safety, we won’t choose to stay silent, we won’t turn coward, and we won’t let them suffer!