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,
But, I am not anyone’s property!