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#MeToo #IAmShe


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Today while watching TV I was somehow reminded of our two great epics Mahabharat and Ramayana.


Mahabharat is known for the 18 days battle between the Kauravas and Pandavas, for the fight of one’s right, for the end of a kingdom.


While Ramayan is known for Lord Ram and his ethics and rules, for his exile, for the three wishes by Kaekayi, for Ravan, for Ram’s battle to save his wife.


Oh. And of course, these epics are known for putting women down, using them as a property, for discarding them on being judged.

#MeToo hashtag might have found voice only until recently in this modern era, but the voices have existed since the times of Mahabharat and Ramayana.


Women have been subjected to sexual harassment, domestic violence and alike since ages and Draupadi and Sita can be said to be few of the early examples of this.


What’s the difference between Draupadi being undressed in a gathering and a gangrape today?


How different is betting your wife in a game and selling women and children today?


Is there any difference in Sita being kidnapped and kidnappings happening today?


Yes, there is.


Yes, such heinous crimes were conducted then and are carried out today. The difference is in the increased brutality, in the drooling lust in men.


The difference is that earlier the children were spared.


The difference is also in the era.


Draupadi and Sita raised their voices thousands of years ago for their self-respect, their status in the society.


So why can’t we do the same today, in this modern era.


#MeToo has been a part of our culture, a part of our society since we have been. This is nothing new.


What’s new is earlier there were a handful of women, today it’s nearly every other woman. Earlier even one voice could make the impact. Today we will have to stand together to shake the ground. To take charge and ask for our rights. To save ourselves.


Today, we will have to shout out that,


Yes! #IAmShe

But, I am not anyone’s property!

Author: rashi mital

A mother and a travel enthusiast, I love speed and am proud of my driving skills. In my free time I love reading, writing, and sometimes doing nothing. I try to live every moment and believe in living young despite the age.

14 Comments on “#MeToo #IAmShe

  1. Nice post Rashi. In that era also, there were many women who were ill-treated in the name of patriarchy. It’s just that we are aware of the epic characters. And this era is no different. Crime rate is at it’s high. The only thing is to stay united and shake violently the pillars of these social evils leading to its downfall.

  2. loved this article. and so agree. people refuse to accept how bad things were in the past and how instead of learning from the mistakes of the past, we are actually getting worse as though using the past as a template

  3. History repeats itself, they say. As rightly mentioned by you, with change in the age, era, the intensity of heinous crimes against women, girls and even small kids has grown exponentially, so also the brutality.
    Change in the mindset is the need of the hour.
    Beti Bachao, Beton ko Smajhao should be the approach.

  4. I like the fierceness in the tone of the post. The need for voices has existed since forever. They were fighting then, it’s our fight now.

    Namratha from #firstgreenstep #MyFriendAlexa

  5. A very awe inspiring write- up. I wish more and more people realised that its important to raise ones voice against injustice being meted out to women today. Thats the only way to force a strict governance to prevent such crimes against women.

  6. This is such a good post. There are detractors of the movement but they don’t understand that these concepts have existed since long. The only sad part is that the struggle has continued even after millenia

  7. Really the women have been treated like objects since past . We definitely need to shout out #IamSHE

  8. I couldn’t agree more Rashi! Being a victim of such an act I can most definitely understand what you convey here in this post. If only we raised our voice and stay united to fight it back a lot can be changed..Sigh!

  9. Couldn’t agree more, we all have to voice out the wrong that we see, experience and be quiet about it. I am really happy through #MyFriendAlexa I got to know about your blog, I love your write-ups.

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