“Ladkon ke saath itna chipak chipak ke kyu baat karti ho
Bhai saath mein hain na faaltu mein kyu darti ho
Top thoda upar karo, bra straps dikh rahe hai
Skirt thoda neeche karo, ghutne dikh rahe hai
Office se itna late aati ho, na jaane kis kiske saath soti ho
Aur phir rape ho jaye, toh poore internet pe roti ho”
We’ve all become tired of hearing taunts and comments of Auntys around us, who seem to exist to make us feel inadequate about ourselves. A recent viral video of a lady shaming a girl for wearing ‘short clothes’ raised an important nation-wide conversation about the society we have created around us, where we are okay with unnecessary, harsh and inappropriate comments, that causes more harm to young women than helps them.
In fact, the viral video has garnered large-scale attention among all women alike because the middle-aged woman in it went on to address the men present at the public space to ‘go ahead and rape’ the girl who she aimed her comments at, only because she didn’t approve of the length of the shorts that the girl wore. But is the girl at fault? Are her clothes at fault? And even though her language and thinking must be condemned, is the middle-aged women as fault? Or is it our collective mentality that reinforced patriarchy and pits women against women? As must as we must outrage about rape, should we also not be talking about rape culture?
A video by Yuvaa, a new youth platform aimed at empowering young Indians through empathetic, emotional, enriching, entertaining and meaningful video content on issues that matter to the youth, aims to start a dialogue between auntys and young girls. By unlearning hundreds of years of patriarchal conditioning, if women of different generations come together, we can yet achieve the gender equal world we fight for.
Digital stars Aisha Ahmed, Yashaswini Dayama, along with social influencers Shreemi Verma, Sulagna Chatterjee, Preeti Hansraj Sharma and Simran Mishra join the young women of Yuvaa to talk about not just how bad things are, but how we can fix it to create a fairer, safer and kinder world.
The video, that was launched on social media yesterday, has been garnering thousands of views, and has been shared by celebrities on all social media including Nakuul Mehta, Khushbu Sundar, Aahana Kumra, Maanvi Gagroo, Sumeet Vyas, Naveen Kasturia, Amol Parashar, Akriti Kakar, Rhea Chakraborty, and many more. The official #MeTooIndia twitter handle also posted about the video.
Watch the video here :
‘We’re sorry ki yeh you versus us ho gaya,
Chalo yeh ladai hum band karein,
Ab bas ho gaya.
Chalo aap aur main ek baar baith kar baat karte hai,
Ye rape ke comment PE nahi,
Is rape ke culture se hi ladte hain.’