It fills me with pleasure and pride that the girls of my university are fighting for their freedom, equality and against the subjugation by the patriarchal and misogynist administration. It’s equally shameful to see some of my own friends, juniors and seniors, passing comments on their classmates for demanding 24*7 hostels. We can have multiple excuses for this and the best among them is that women are not safe on the campus at night.
Now to take an example, if a crime is happening in a certain area, what are the possible options to end it? Certainly, caging people inside their homes is not one of them. The option that the police will supposedly choose is to end criminals or catch hold of them. Now take the police as BHU administration, people as female students of BHU and criminals as supposedly those males who harass female students. Then according to a rational decision, it is not female students who should be caged inside their hostels after 10.30 but the male students who probably can be a threat to the female students.
But certainly, the administration doesn’t stop the male students from roaming around at night but instead, the female ones are caged into their hostels after 10.30.
Dear boys, it’s not about why girl students are demanding a 24*7 hostel, the question is why they have still not got this? The question is not about their way of dressing or with whom they are roaming around the campus or in the city at night, the point is that no one has right to question or harass them for doing so.
The fight against misogyny and patriarchy is long. We are not only fighting with a harasser but with our parents who think misogyny is fine, with our administration who hides the crime of these people. The fight is with our society; a structure which we have to change, the fight is within ourselves, when we still justify a wrong.
And, yes, ‘ladke hain, par unse aisi galtiya nahi honi chahiye’. (There are boys, but they shouldn’t make such mistakes)