I am a part of the youth of India. A part of the "We don't care generation." The same generation that has been out protesting against our nation's government for the last three days and counting. The same generation that demands change. The same generation that wants India to be "Our" country and be proud of it. Not a country where rapists, killers and brutal assassins are "held into custody" and an innocent youth is arrested, her father's clinic, the only source of the family's income is destroyed. All because she "liked" one innocent Facebook post against a dead political leader. This is India, the largest democracy in the world.
I read a blog about a 70 year old women, limping on her walking stick who was groped by a teenage delivery boy, I read a story of a teacher who raped a 3 year old girl. I read a story of one women or the other being raped almost everyday and it makes me feel horrible. It makes me feel bad that I'm a man. It makes me feel sorry for what my side of the sex has done to traumatize and scar innocent women for the rest of their lives.
But then it dawned upon me, she didn't feel safe in the company of a man, even if it was one who was genuinely trying to help her. She might have gone with the image that I was somehow going to take advantage of her. And I don't blame her for thinking that way.
Let 21 year olds run the country. Let us change our country so that every brutal man doesn't mentally undress a women the second he lays eyes on her. Let us change our country so that every women feels safe to be walking on the street at anytime of the day or night. Let us change our country so that silent protestors aren't beaten up, innocent people aren't water cannoned or tear gased. Let us change our country so that we don't have labels of safe cities and unsafe cities, we have a safe nation. Let us change our country, so that it is OUR country. The country of the "We don't care" generation.
And no Mr. Prime Minister, we're not going to look over our shoulders and ask somebody if what we said is okay or not.