“I’m scared to step out of my house now. I refuse to stay in a false sense of security. It is a state of denial for me to believe that as a girl, any place is safe for me anymore.
I travel across the city on my two wheeler everyday for college, chores or casually visiting friends. And everytime I come home late, my parents show concern about my safety. Until last night, I’d confidently tell them ‘Nothing will happen to me’, ‘It’s all safe outside’ and make up for my delay. But not anymore. Even crowded streets in broad daylight have begun to scare me, let alone stranded ones at night. The thought that something as barbaric and painful has happened with someone in our own city is so painful, I can’t get myself to talk about it anymore. I’m shaken beyond measure. It’s worrisome how things like these happen to almost every girl at different levels. I’ve been uncomfortably stared at, multiple times. My friend was followed by an Autowala one noon. We deal with creeps and stalkers on the internet everyday. I can only be thankful that none of it ended in the worst possible way. Unfortunately, the load of ‘being safe’ and ‘not falling in trouble’ always falls upon the victim. So I’m going to try and be cautious. Avoid empty roads, be more attentive, always keep my family informed and never, take help from a stranger. It’s like I’ve given up hope on these savages changing, so I’d rather change myself, praying the worst doesn’t befall me.”
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