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Noida, U.P., India.

© 2019 Deepshikha Singh. All rights reserved.


Keep the veil down, do not go outside after the sunset, do not speak up in the crowd, and be silent when someone speaks against you. You must stay inside for if you speak, you will be judged. For if you speak no one will marry you. You must come back home early to be safe. You must not drink, for people will judge you. The women have complied with it; did the society suddenly become better? Did the rate of rapes suddenly become obsolete? Did you successfully make the women safe? No, you did not. Caging her, cutting her ties from the world does not save her; it just makes her devoid of all the connections from the society. You want women to be safe? Stop keeping them behind curtains and teach them to fight back.

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