#AintNoCinderella Is The Everyday Struggle Of Indian Women Fighting For REALLY Basic Rights
Posted On 9th August, 2017 @ 15:39 pm by Mihika Jindal

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“The girl should not have gone out at 12 in the night,” he said. “Why was she driving so late in the night? The atmosphere is not right. We need to take care of ourselves.”

 

Of course that sounds familiar—you’ve heard it before from your neighbours, even your own parents, and our beloved politicians. This time it’s Ramveer Bhatti, a BJP leader in Chandigarh, who has uttered these words directing them at Varnika Kundu who got stalked by two men—subscribers of “tu jaanta nahin hai mere baap kaun hai”—in Chandigarh while she was returning home, late at night. And obviously, she brought it upon herself. After all, it’s a universal fact that after dark, wild animals (read men) come out on the streets looking to prey on women. And somehow, it is never about how these men have zero self-control and always about how women should’ve known better.

 

While Mr. PM Modi cannot stop emphasising how critical Beti Bachao Andolan is for the country, we’re somehow still stuck with Bachao-ing our Betis from basic perils such as patriarchy, redundant notions and hungry men who get “swayed” by the show of skin, or women who smell of being independent. As multiple such cases surface and fade out, the struggle to ensure safety continues.

 

Varnika Kundu’s stalking story, layered with politics, suspicion, and disregard to her freedom met angry women who feel Kundu’s pain and what followed was a trending hashtag—#AintNoCindrella. Girls from across the country posted pictures of themselves partying or roaming around outside late at night with captions that basically meant to say, “F*ck you. We can decide what to do and where to be wearing whatever we choose to wear”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s 2017. Of course basic safety regardless of time, gender and attire should already have been a reality. But, for now, we’re thankful we at least have the means to vent our anger, voice our opinions, and make some noise—from a united opinion on Twitter, to reports in leading publications—it will, we hope, eventually be heard by those who need to understand that their days of holding women back are numbered. And in this process, if we can positively transform even one impressionable mind (youngsters who are furthering the cause of patriarchy, and unknowingly engaging in casual sexism), the trending hashtag will win purpose. While people like Ramveer Bhatti, who spew such nonsense, don’t even have a Twitter account and thus are possibly clueless about what’s happening, it’s an uproar in its own right. And the least it will do is give Varnika Kundu some support to fight head on.

 

Have you posted a picture yet? What do you think about is the solution? Let us know in the comments below.

 

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