My sincerest apologies for writing this letter in the first place and taking away a chunk of your valuable time that could've been spent in resolving state matters requiring urgent attention. Let me first express my deepest admiration for your excellent leadership skills. I know it wasn't exactly smooth sailing for you all throughout the Commonwealth Games preparations. But in my humble opinion, one or two
A humble commoner like me who isn't even a resident of the esteemed political capital of this country does not really have any business writing a letter to its more esteemed Chief Minister.
But then again I do. As is common knowledge, the number of crimes perpetrated against women in your city has been attaining mammoth proportions in recent times. And since I'm also a
A couple of years ago on an eventful day, when I was not quite aware of the plight of women in your state, I came back home to hear news of a tragedy that had occurred within my own family. I know it must be difficult to remember all the hapless victims of the past, but I'm sure the names Jigisha Ghosh and Saumya Vishwanathan ring a bell somewhere. Both of them were mercilessly murdered by the same gang.
Jigisha was a relative's daughter. An only child at that. I'm sure you can imagine the present state of her parents who are still alive somehow, but resemble the living dead more.
Sometimes we're under the wonderful illusion of being inside a protective cocoon and the things that we get to read in the newspapers, can't possibly happen to us. But then when this bubble bursts, we're forced to grapple with the dreadfully brutal prospect of 'I can be next'. And that isn't one bit nice.
Just recently someone had joked on twitter - 'Sheila ji is busy reminiscing about days of her jawani and hence she has conveniently forgotten to safeguard the jawani of Delhi women' - thanks to that melodious track from Farah Khan's latest masterpiece.
I can't help but express my disapproval over it.
At 73, you're still going great guns with no immediate plans of retiring. You're as good as jawan to me. And if somebody thinks you're old, then they need to be reminded of people like Achuthanandan (As Rahul Gandhi had so kindly done a few days back to be labeled an 'Amul Baby' back in retort) and Karunanidhi. As far as that 'dick shit' comment made by that New Zealand tv host goes....don't let it get to you. That
When we read about an incident of sexual assault or molestation in the capital, we rarely react anymore. It has become as commonplace as another breaking news of corruption within the scam-tainted UPA. No Delhi girl expects to walk the distance from bus-stand A to bus-stand B, without the lingering doubt of being the victim of another eve-teasing incident.
If this goes on any further, I surmise that day isn't far when the political capital of the country will also be known as its "rape capital". And somehow that seems like a title no city/state would ever want to flaunt.
Will it be too much to ask you to revamp the decaying law-and-order system so that no more Radhika Tanwars are shot by stalkers in broad daylight? Or ensure that no Class X girl is held captive, raped by family and then gang-raped in the car in which she tries to flee? For all I know, prevention is certainly much better than cure.
An ordinary and horrified Indian girl.