The first one week I was abroad, apart from the feelings of nervousness and homesickness, what struck me the most once I was alone was that I felt free. Like the air around me had been cleared.
I can walk anywhere I please without scores of men staring at me. I can dress the way I please. I can talk to strangers on the train without them thinking I am loose. I can travel alone after it is dark. No wolf whistles, “aati kya” (meaning come with me (for sex obviously)) on the roads. Bliss!
At the same time it makes me angry, that women in India cannot enjoy these privileges. Why can’t a girl not be allowed out alone after dark? Why can’t women be safe in our homes, in the places we grew up in? Why can’t we have the freedom t go about our own businesses? Why can’t we wear what we please? Why can’t we use public transport without being stared at and groped? Why just because we are women? We are citizens of our country as much as men. Then why do we lack the basic freedom in our own country?
I hate that reasoning – you are a woman. Go to hell I say.