Actress Mallika Sherawat wrote an emotional and inspiring post about ordeal women face in society and hails the Nirbhaya Verdict.
A day after the Supreme Court reaffirmed the death sentence in the 2012 Nirbhaya gang rape and murder case, Mallika took to her social media profile and shared an emotional post about the ordeal women face in society.
She wrote, “Yesterday a brave soul we call Nirbhaya was finally delivered Justice. Six years after she was brutally gang-raped in a moving bus in the capital of India. We finally laid her memory to rest. She had worked hard to free herself from the shackles of the rules that society often slots for its women. Her parents supported her every step of the way. But those who violated her questioned her morals, questioned her right to be out at night”
“Some even, post her trauma, dared to say she deserves it. Complete closure for her family might have to wait till those barbarians are hanged, but Nirbhaya’s soul is free today”
“A few days ago, I came across another heart-wrenching story. 26 girls on board a train were rescued from sold in the thriving flesh trade industry. Some good Samaritan noticed they were scared and huddled together. He informed the police and these 26 girls were saved from being trafficked. Today there are hopefully free and on their way back to the warmth of their homes”
“For me, it was running away from home that gave me courage. Stifled in a patriarchal family, I neither had freedom nor choice. I faced innumerable hardships because I dared to question and challenge the status quo. When I got a chance, I ran as fast as my legs could carry me and I survived. Today I stand on my own two feet and I decide how I live my life. It’s not easy for too many of us. Buried under the societal pressure, scared of the consequences, subjugated and constantly violated are millions of women and girls, who want to be free”
“I want to help end their subjugation. I want to help make them free. Every young girl, every woman has dreams. Every woman who is empowered can empower another. We can, each one of us, free one another. I want to free every girl from fear. Let there be no one who fears becoming another victim. Let us fight to create a society where women live with pride and not with worry. Let us battle the odds to build a world where girls and women live unshackled. Free A Girl. Free Every Girl”
Mallika Sherwat recently made web-series debut with ZEE5, titled ‘The Story’.