The incident in Bengaluru on New Year’s eve put the entire nation to shame. Celebs like Akshay Kumar, Anushka Sharma and beau Virat Kohli, Aamir Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Farhan Akhtar and Esha Gupta have already expressed their rage over the Bengaluru Mass Molestation through their posts on social media platforms and during recent events. Malaika Arora also posted a message on Instagram yesterday. There was no rage, no anger, no disappointment! And yet, the post drives home the point about how women are ones always blamed and held responsible for what happens to them. It can be recalled that post the indecent and outrageous incident that took place in Bangalore, politician Abu Azmi blamed women’s short dresses as the reason that motivated the herd of men to molest them. Also Read - Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar Pay Condolences to Hardik And Krunal Pandya After Father's Demise Due to Cardiac Arrest
The statement outraged many. However, this wasn’t the first time when such a statement blaming women was made. Abu Azmi and other men from his tribe have time and again blamed women. Be it Nirbhaya or Suzzette Jordan! Victim Blaming is nothing new! And Malaika Arora’s post highlights just that misogynist mentality that finds nothing wrong when a man disrespects a woman or steals her of her dignity and much more! Her post, reminds us of all the times when women were raped, the incident was brought to book, and before any strict action could be taken against the culprits, the women were raped again and again by the statements being made about how they were themselves responsible for the treated meted out to them! Also Read - Virat Kohli Best Batsman in White Ball Cricket, Mitchell Starc Top Bowler: Isuru Udana
The post goes… “So, I went out with my girlfriends to party on the crowded streets of a Metropolitan city, they came out in large numbers and molested us…… But my safety is my responsibility so… The next time I went to a discotheque, it was enclosed and had bouncers, they came into the place and beat us up and ripped our clothes off…….But my safety is my responsibility so…. I went to a movie with a Male friend for company, they pushed me into a bus and shoved an iron rod inside my privates…….But my safety is my responsibility, so……” It highlights how women are not safe – irrespective of what they wear or where they are or who is accompanying them! (ALSO READ: Anushka Sharma strongly condemns Bengaluru molestation- read full statement) Also Read - Pakistani Channel Heavily Trolled For Presenting Imran Khan's Twitter Poll Victory Over Virat Kohli as Breaking News
So, I went out with my girlfriends to party on the crowded streets of a Metropolitan city, they came out in large numbers and molested us…… But my safety is my responsibility so… The next time I went to a discotheque, it was enclosed and had bouncers, they came into the place and beat us up and ripped our clothes off…….But my safety is my responsibility so…. I went to a movie with a Male friend for company, they pushed me into a bus and shoved an iron rod inside my privates…….But my safety is my responsibility, so…… I went to my college, fully clad in a “decent” salwaar kameez, they caught me around a corner and squeezed my bum……But my safety is my responsibility, so…… I decided to stay at home in the comfort of my own house, they broke down the door, tied me up and videotaped the things they made me do with them…….But my safety is my responsibility, so…… I went back to live with my family feeling safe and secure with them, they were my uncles but they didn’t think of me as their niece when they made me take off my clothes and have their way with me…….But my safety is my responsibility, so……. These days I sit in the bathroom, locked tight, not coming out at all. They stand on the terrace opposite to it peeking in through the bathroom window, but I don’t take a bath…….because my safety is my responsibility……. Now, they have me exactly where they have always wanted me, my spirit broken, my ability to fight back gone, my will to do something destroyed…..at their mercy…..still stuck in the bathroom…..dreading the time when the knocking starts on the door as they come to get me here too. I am that Indian Woman who can excel at sports, win medals for the Country, join the Army, become a CEO, go to the outer space and be the talk of the world…..only if I can come out of this bathroom……But my safety is my responsibility, so…. Disclaimer: Girls wearing short clothes and drinking and partying are copying the Western culture.Boys who molest them r copying the Indian culture???
The post shows the lack of safety a woman faces in India. The same India where women athletes are applauded, women in business make headlines, where a movie like a Mardaani, Akira, Pink and Dangal are seen as change makers for showing women in her real – empowered avatar! But despite the change where Indian media shifts from objectifying women to glorifying them for their grit, strength and determination, women are still blamed and held responsible! The post ends with a disclaimer that raises a very pertinent question, “Girls wearing wearing short clothes and drinking and partying are copying the Western Culture. Boys who molest them are copying the Indian Culture????” (ALSO READ: Kaabil star Hrithik Roshan reacts to Bengaluru mass molestation case; asks everyone to take responsibility for what happened!)
What is also noteworthy is the choice of image that Malaika Arora chose for the post. She posted a pitch black image which shows how the future for women remains in the dark! The post was first shared by Darshan Mondkar on January 3, 2017! You can check the original post below.