“YOU ARE A GUY, YOU CAN’T SAY NO TO A GIRL LIKE ME”
Rape is a epidemic India is facing since a while. Sexual Abuse on so many occasions has gone unreported or unnoticed before. With the kind of awareness that’s been created toward this issue these days, more and more people are coming forward with their stories to seek justice. In a country where Men are treated more powerful than their counterparts in all aspects of life, Abuse against Men is one issue lot of Indians don’t seem to understand. When one hears about this kind of stories the instant reaction is, aise thodi na hota hai. Mard ko kon chedega.
“YOU ARE MY SPECIAL BOY, PROMISE ME NOT TO TELL ANYONE”
But the reality is grim, there are a lot of Men who face sexual abuse on a regular basis, be it with friends, at workplace and even within relatives. We need to wake up and take notice and keep our minds open and lend a ear to such survivors.
Bharath Divakar’s poem called “Expecto Patronum” recounts his encounter with sexual abuse. “It happened for a span of eight years from when I was 6 to 14. I never reported it, as I hadn’t come to terms with the entire thing. I have only started sharing it with my close ones recently. In fact, writing a poem about it was the closure I needed. But if I had been more aware, I would have definitely reported it,” he told Homegrown.
“BE A MAN AND JUST DO IT”
We need to wake up to this call and take up the cause to protect each and everyone. Rape and Sexual Abuse is gender neutral, we Indians need to open our minds and not shun such survivors away. We need to hear their stories and help them come to terms and get justice. We need to join hands and speak of them. Let the government know that Laws need to be for both the Genders.