We don’t want to be India’s daughters.
On September 14, 2020, a 19-year-old Dalit woman from Hathras City, Uttar Pradesh was brutally raped by four upper-caste Thakur men. They also drilled out her eyes, cut off her tongue, and broke her spinal cord, causing multiple fractures and profuse bleeding. On September 29, she succumbed to her injuries and became just another statistic in India – a country where a woman is raped every 15 minutes.
While all four of the accused were arrested, Uttar Pradesh police refused to hand over the remains of the family’s wife and forcibly burned her in the early hours of September 30th. The horrific incident sparked (rightly) outrage among Indians as many protested the actions of the police and called for an end to the prevailing culture of rape in our country.
Rape doesn’t stop with hanging, throwing, or neutering rapists. Rapes stop when you stop normalizing this shit. Rapes stop when you stop pretending that rapists are some uncivilized men waiting in dark alleys for women rather than normal people you deal with every day
4:37 p.m. – September 30, 2020
Like many, many other women before her, Manisha Valmiki was baptized “India’s Daughter” because that’s how you become when something terrible and unspeakable happens to you.
Once again, India’s daughter is suffering terribly. With a loss of words to express my anger and sadness over the #Hathras incident. I stand by the family who lost their loved one to this heinous crime. Strict measures must be taken against this inhuman behavior #JusticeForManishaValmiki
08:27 – 30 September 2020
Just hours after Manisha’s death, a 22-year-old Dalit woman from Balrampur, also in Uttar Pradesh, died after being drugged and raped by two men. She also became India’s daughter – a woman who serves as a carriage for the country’s debt.
Trigger warning: Another horrific rape and murder of a young Dalit woman in Balrampur. In any other situation, in any other country, the responsible leaders would take moral responsibility and step down for failing to ensure the safety of women.
6:16 p.m. – September 30, 2020
Do you remember the Unnao rape victim? She was also India’s daughter – a woman who bears the weight of our country’s collective failure. 8 year old Asifa was also India’s daughter, as was Priyanka Reddy. And then there was Jyoti Singh – India’s nirbhaya, perhaps India’s first daughter.
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Being India’s daughter comes with a lot of pressure and sacrifice. You have to endure the pain of being reduced to a mere object. You have to come to terms with the ordeal of consistently being robbed of your agency. You must suffer from a system that is against you in every possible way. To be India’s daughter is to erase your existence in the most gruesome way. To be India’s daughter means that you will be denied justice every step of the way.
We have fear within us. We carry anger. We carry sadness. But we don’t want to bear any more burdens because being India’s daughter is a burden.
Guys, please keep your cock and guns in your pants and let’s ask the system that led to this to be accountable. Anything in the world is not a spectacle for your hormones. https://t.co/cmwBsnJpzW
04:55 – 30 September 2020
It shouldn’t be our cross that we have to carry.
Violence is at the heart of the ideology that takes India back to the dark ages. Violence based on religion. Violence by gender. Caste violence. Violence based on language. Violence by region. And all this violence to ensure political and social dominance.
02:41 – 01 October 2020
We are not your daughters. We don’t want to be your daughters. Because nothing good comes of being India’s daughter.
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