Why Our Parents Worry by Sunayana Roy.

This violence against women out in public, in daylight, in front of crowds, this resentment against women for wearing clothes or going places or performing activities that do not meet with certain individual codes of behaviour — our acceptance of this violence, our lack of sustained action against people who shrug and say, “Oh, what can you expect in a place like that?” or “We all know what to think of women who dress like that!” or “Why wasn’t she home at that hour?” — all of this makes me reiterate why we members of Team VAWM crowd our already busy festival month with this draining awareness programme. We do it because if we don’t stand up for ourselves, nobody else will.

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