New Delhi, Dec 13: Few days back, a popular host of MTV Most Wanted, Shenaz Treasurywala wrote an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other famous celebrities and powerful men of our country. The actor was particularly distressed when she wrote about her experiences with men on public transport and how she felt.
In her letter she urged all the powerful men to come together and do something to stop the sexual harassment of women in the country. After the letter which went viral on social media, now Shenaz has received an open and bold letter as reply:
An open letter to Shenaz Treasurywala
December 11, 2014 at 5:33pm
Today morning I came across your letter. One that is being widely circulated on social media right now. The one that you have written with all your heart. One that is my story as much as it is yours. A letter so true that no girl in this country can deny. Yet a letter that made me question - not just the people you have addressed it to, but to every single person who is raising a child in this country.
As much as I admire your courage to come out in the open to discuss all the trauma that you and your loved ones went through, your shouting out for HELP -in big bold letters - made my toes curl. Yes, well-written speeches at international seminars will not help us. But I doubt if running to men and asking them to ‘protect' us will help our case either.
Yes it is their shame. It is their shame that a woman has to be MAN enough to raise her voice. It is their shame that every time a girl makes her parents proud, she is lovingly called the SON of the house. It is their shame that whenever someone stands up for their rights, they are admired for HAVING BALLS. It is their shame that we were compelled to incorporate FEMINISM and WOMEN's DAY in our lives.
Yes it is their shame - not because they failed to protect us, but because they failed to respect us. To recognise and understand that being different from man - physically and emotionally - does not make us any less human.
And it is our shame too. For running to them to protect us. For writing to them to understand our story. For begging to them to treat us as equals. For debating with them that for us it is about survival and respect. For pleading with them to speak out for us. For differentiating the girl from the boy right from when they are born. For not raising our children right. Every time the son speaks with glee about a girl he conquered, it is our shame too. Every time a cautious mother asks her to keep quiet about being molested, it is our shame as well.
And as for the sick minds - Punish them. Castrate them. Make examples of them. But as long as we do not teach them that GIRLs and BOYs are human first, it is OUR shame too.
Just another girl.