Wednesday, March 08, 2006
Blank Noise Project...
It happened long back, when i was about 8 years old. But it is still very much etched in my mind. I am not going to recount a personal experience of street harassment... for the thought of those hurt me no end. But i appreciate all those other women, who came out and spoke about their own experiences here.
My cousin sister was expecting a baby then. I walked upto her and asked her what baby she wanted. Do you want a boy or girl baby, I asked in childish innocence.
She told me in all seriousness, "I want a boy."
"But why akka", i asked her, feeling offended may be, i was a girl and a good daughter.
So why wouldn't anyone want to have a girl baby? I didnt want to feel unwanted maybe...
And what she told me, is still there in my mind. I didnt understand it then. But I get it all now,
"I dont want my daughter to undergo whatever I did...."
That sums it all up. No matter who you are, where you live..as long as you are a girl, you would have undergone this horror. Ofcourse, you learn to deal with it, you become bold. But the hurt is always there.
Will things ever change?
And this is my little contribution to this great effort.