Indians don’t hesitate even once before asking our girls to stay indoors, stay protected, stay covered- for the world outside is mean and cruel, and we don’t know what might happen to them the next moment. But what would a girl do, if the hardships begin inside their homes? Where do we give them the sense of protection from now?

You’re probably going to think that I’m going to narrate a tale of a girl living in a conservative family in a small village, but that’s where you’re wrong. This is the story of Rashi Bhatnagar, a resident of Ghaziabad in NCR, who was being mistreated at the hands of her younger brother. And from her family to the police, everyone seems to be turning a blind eye towards her.

Which raises a question, is it really okay? Are we just supposed to stand back and look at a woman being treated badly, just because the one carrying out the deed is related to her by blood? Does that justify everything? And what gives police the right to not let a girl lodge an FIR against her brother, or not even take her seriously at all? In fact, they go ahead and grab the opportunity to harass her! In which world is this fair? Where does this unjust stop? Does anyone want to raise their voices and fight the mentality that is killing our nation?

Because I want to.



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