Rakshabandhan is here and as the custom is, sisters will tie a thread on their brothers’ wrists to protect them from any difficult situation that may come their way. So here’s a little question. If we can celebrate rakshabandhan to protect our brothers, then why not protect our sisters too?
Let’s give this a thought. After Nirbhaya rape case in Delhi, we had pledged as a nation to not let this happen to any other girl. Then came the Rohtak rape case and our heads went low in shame for not being able to keep our promise. One would have never imagined that a peaceful and serene state like Himachal Pradesh will be rigged with monsters like the ones who raped and murdered Gudiya in Shimla. So then, isn’t it time that we protect our sisters instead?
For all the talk of feminism, protecting our sisters has nothing against this idea because protection is way different from restriction, refrainment and bondage. Every girl in the world has as equal a right to live a free life to the fullest as a boy. Keeping the traditional way of protection (prohibition) aside, there is a need to look at this aspect in a broader view.
So how are we going to protect our sisters? By tying a thread on their wrists? No. All we have to do is protect them from our own selves. By shunning the people who mistake a girl for an object of desire, we, not only assure that they realise the wrong in their thinking, but also depict our stand against rapes and murders of innocent girls all over the world.
What do we mean when we say ‘protect them from our own selves’? Rapists exist in our own society. They eat, drink, walk and survive in front of us. These are people who live among us and yes, we need to protect our sisters from ‘us’, the raping murdering kind. When we can have innumerable discussions on baseless political rifts, why not give a discussion on rapes, and measures to remove this evil completely from our society, a chance?
The world has had enough of this hideous practice and we, and I can say this for my generation at least, will not accept our sisters being tortured and slaughtered anymore. It is time to protect our sisters from monsters disguised as humans, not by putting the girls in cells, but by assuring them that no one can take away their freedom. Freedom to live on their own terms belongs to them and by protecting them, we make sure that nobody violates their independence, that they get to live a life as free as can be.
This rakshabandhan, let’s vow to protect our sisters from bondage, male chauvinism, rapes, murders and everything that tries to pull them down. ‘Cause it’s their time now. ‘Cause enough is enough!