It means a lot of things to be an Indian woman of the 21st century. It means you can get yourself raped if you end up traveling alone for five minutes in a ladies’ compartment late at night. It means you might be groped at in a crowded bus and yet no one will stand up for you.It means you can get raped publicly in broad day light and yet the society will lecture you about propriety and modesty in clothing.
It means your country will move on to celebrate her 100th year of independence and YOU, her own daughter will still fight for your rights as her daughter. It means you will have your own mother telling you about how it is the men’s right to look at you in any way they want, but it is your duty to be careful.
It means you can get aborted if your parents feel like it. It means your parents will bargain with your future-in-laws to get your price reduced as far as possible. It means your husband gets to decide whether you should have a job or not. It means you won’t be accepted in society if you decide to live a spinster for the rest of your life.
Yep. It means a lot to be an Indian woman of the 21st century.