यत्र नार्यस्तु पूज्यन्ते रमन्ते तत्र देवताः ।
यत्रैतास्तु न पूज्यन्ते सर्वास्तत्राफलाःक्रियाः |
(Where Women are honoured, divinity blossoms there, and where women are dishonoured, all action no matter how noble remain unfruitful.)
A verse from the sacred Hindu text, Manusmriti, which has been recited again and again in our country for ages, but are the real conditions on par with this well-known shloka? The answer without second thoughts is NO. India is a country where non-living idols of goddesses are worshipped, and living ‘goddesses’ at home are abused physically, mentally, and sexually.
“She went out late at night, that too alone, it’s her fault.”
“She wore such a short dress that showed too much of her skin ”
“She was so drunk that’s why it happened.”
“So what if her husband forced her to do it, it’s not rape.”
It happened because “She provoked me”.
No one cares about the fact that she went out late at night because she had a night shift duty or she could be the sole earning member of her family or maybe she just wanted to enjoy a nightlife. She wore a dress that looked pretty on her; she wore it because it’s her body, her choice. She was drunk; she leaned on you thinking you’ll support. You didn’t ask her consent; she wasn’t completely conscious, she didn’t want this period.
Rape is a devil residing in our society for a long time now, exploiting one’s body and soul. Moreover, these days it has been coming out too frequently showing its worst face, leaving us all in horror and making us feel unsafe all the time while we live in this society. Who is responsible for the existence of this devil? We as a society, as individuals are responsible for this and therefore, it’s our duty to eliminate it from the society, to create a safe place to live for our ‘goddesses’ at home.
While recognising this individual social responsibility, Being Social executed its first-ever flash mob on the theme – No More Rape, on 9 September 2018, at Crown’s Interiorz Mall, Sector-37, Faridabad. The sole motive of the flash mob was to spread awareness about this devil, to reach out to maximum people so that more and more citizens join this movement and come together to remove this ‘illness’ from our society. Being Social believes that prevention is better than cure. Therefore, we decided to take a step forward to prevent this illness rather than waiting for another incident to take place and we are left with options like candlelight vigils.
So the big day finally arrived, volunteers reached the venue all excited, bit nervous and all set to turn this collective dream that we have had for months into a reality. The event started with a live presentation of self-defence techniques by two lady police constables from Faridabad Police. They showed how to tackle a person in different ways when they are trying to harass you. They also gave information about the FIR mobile application and other help-line numbers.
The next in turn was the flash mob that performed dance, drama and poetry, wonderfully executed by our volunteers putting their heart and soul into it, forgetting all the pain and difficulties they went through during practice sessions. The performance and the reaction of the audience told us that we had succeeded in our mission and it was all worth it. We were also joined by Abheesha Jain and Sukhdev Bhatia authors of the book- Rape in India, who further discussed the current situation of women in our country and causes of rape through a short documentary.
The event further proceeded with a kickboxing session presented to us by members of the Safe and Secure group. The event ended on a happy note with award distribution by our sponsors. Our team showed us the true meaning of dedication, hard work and commitment with our first ever flash mob. But there are still miles to go. Kudos to all!