The #FridayFotoFiction is back of course. But this time I thought I would also link it to #BlogchatterProjects campaign, #IHaveAVoiceToo . I’ll say it out better after the story. For now, enjoy reading the flash fiction, The Trip. A wordarry that tries to tell an undertone to this story.
The Trip #FridayFotoFiction
10 minutes past 5.
“The train leaves in 10 minutes”, said Reshma running to find their train compartment.
2 friends set to go on an adventure across India.
“How can you girls just decide to go? No guys in the trip, what if something happens?” said one’s mom and “Noways! Girls cannot go on their own. You will be considered wild and no one will marry you!” said another’s dad. They had to meet eachother’s parents, discuss plans, give details and yet it took 6 months to convince them.
“Believe in us. Let us live!” they had pleaded.
Vani’s scream startled Reshma back to reality. “Ladkiyan hain toh kya, panga mat le humse!” said Vani as she punched the guy who tried to touch her
“Now, who said we can’t take care of ourselves”, said Reshma as they got into the train. The adventure had begun.
An Afterthought by OpinionatedMua – #IHaveAVoiceToo
You, me or anyone you know, would always have had this issue, the distress of convincing your family to go on a trip. Being a girl, the topmost priority is always said to the safety and security. But I wonder, why it never is the same worry for a boy. Think about it, when you brother or a friend(who is a boy) wants to go on a trip, they invariably go (if not all, but most of the time) with no hazel of permissions. But the girls always need convincing and permissions to go.
Why not change the thought? Not saying don’t let the boys go on trips. Instead advice them too like you do for the girls. Tell the boys to behave, to respect the girls in the trip or any other woman they meet. Wouldn’t this more influence the safety of girls in turn?
Everytime you ‘Not Allow’ the girl, you are instilling a fear to be independent and alone. You are telling them indirectly that they will never be safe unless they are with someone or the belief that they constantly need someone to take care of them. Instead, how about teaching the girls to take care of themselves? Self defense, being smart to know who to trust and not too. More importantly to never be afraid!
#IHaveAVoiceToo – Let me go where I want. Believe in me when I say I can take care and will be safe. Believe in me that am grown up. Give me the same freedom as my brother and the friend. Why not teach the boys and the men instead to behave and not disrespect women?
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