SELF PROTECTION – THE NEED OF THE HOUR
Crimes against women in India has always been prevalent but the dark episode of Nirbhaya was the turning point which not only awakened the nation to take notice but also fight for justice. This brave heart Nirbhaya who fought with dignity for her life, self respect and justice has set as example for other victims to break all shackles and come forward and do the same.
What is perturbing is that the number of victims continue to increase and this is going by the official figures only. When a small state like Tripura has registered more than 1000 cases last year then imagine for the rest of the country. Dear ladies the sad fact is crimes against women will continue to happen irrespective of where we are , what we do, who we are with and of course even what we wear so we need to buck up and protect ourselves both physically and mentally.
Today with the current scenario girls and women should not shy away from going for self defence classes. It boosts their confidence and gives them a sense of security. They should be equipped to protect themselves in case of an unforeseen attack and should be taught useful techniques. Apart from this they should not panic and use presence of mind in such situations. This requires a lot of mental conditioning and women should have the ability to sense danger immediately. One mantra they should always remember is Trouble comes when we least anticipate and danger is in places we least expect so be prepared always.
Physical and mental strength are interdependent and hence it is imperative that women make themselves mentally strong. Modern Indian women despite all hurdles have emerged winners in all fields. Yet, they are emotionally vulnerable and are hence susceptible to exploitation. Young girls and women are today in such an environment where they get easily lured into relationships which usually begin innocently but end up with disastrous consequences. Though it is necessary for us to move with men at every stage we should maintain a level of distance not only physically but most importantly emotionally. Women have a tendency to pour out their inner most feelings and they should be careful that this outlet should not be any random man be it a relative, friend or colleague. No woman should place complete and blind trust as we have seen so many cases where men play with emotions and exploit them gradually.
There are some women who consciously or unconsciously flaunt their independence be it the manner they talk, do their work or even dress. Society is not mature enough to understand them and hounds them constantly. I believe that there is no harm in being quietly assertive and independent and move according to the needs of the different environments we move in. It is not about compromising but rather than being aggressive we are being smart in having our way and being happy.
There is nothing wrong in going out with guys and having fun but at the end of the day we should be responsible and mature to take care of ourselves. Arvind Kejriwal started a political revolution and created history. Similarly society should focus on changing mindsets as nothing short of a social revolution will curb crimes against women. So till then dear friends SELF PROTECTION IS THE NEED OF THE HOUR.
This week we are looking at the brave soul Nirbhaya and the kind of change that she has started in our country for women to read more try Nirbhaya- The Aftermath, How has Nirbhaya affected us- The parent? and SOS- Calling our own Krishnas for help.