- Posted August 21, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Speaking up about sexual violence
In response to the video of ireporter Ms. Michaela Cross
You article is a wakeup call and as I read the response, I feel different. Yes, women and men in my country are not anymore defending but admitting, that’s welcoming. We are shedding our hypocrisy and looking for change. I admit, we (Indian females) are being teased, bullied, and groped, stared, opinionated, neglected, tortured, raped and murdered irrespective of age. We believe someday this would change, by challenging these experiences not to leave us retarded but in making us stronger, preparing ourselves for greater achievements. And please, not all our men are stereotypically bad as your article represents. In respect to men, who stood, fought for me, not all Indian men are bad but some gone wrong.
And to all travelers to Incredible India, our lives are intervened with ancient culture and traditions belonging to 28 states and 7 union territories. Our tourist destinations preserve these traditions, we expect our tourists to follow as well. Not all places are equipped and educated to recognize western culture. Like lone traveler to any other country, you safety is your responsibility.
I wanted to conclude what Mahatma Gandhi once said "the day a woman can walk freely on the roads, that day we can say that India achieved independence". True for any country, right?