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Tuesday, Oct 26, 2021
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Tomorrow Never Comes

Let’s fold back our freedom rant and run for safety

Tomorrow Never Comes
Tomorrow Never Comes
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Illustration by Sorit
Let’s first get the stock arguments out of the way. Yet another girl has been brutally raped in Delhi; left to battle the demons of shame and humiliation—if she survives that is—and we are still belting out the same tune of outrage. Not that these angry tirades about sensitising our policemen, urgent judicial interventions, high-decibel debates between death penalty vs castration aren’t important. They may be sound, long-term measures (and my vote is for castration), but at the moment they sound like empty rants without a sliver of hope. So a shrill war cry is in order as desperate situations seek desperate measures. Why don’t we drop our feminist defences for now and tell women that if you want to be safe, if you want to stop being victims of crimes, run for your lives? Suspect everyone out there on the streets, err on the side of fear whether you are young and pretty or frumpy and grey-haired. Whether you are turning back from a place of worship, trudging home after a hard day’s work or just heading back after a party, avoid the dark like the plague, every day, at all costs. Run, for there are men out there who will hurt you if you as much as smile. Run, even at the momentary cost of personal freedoms. Without ideologically succumbing to the moral police, find paranoid ways to safeguard your bodies and mental health. Dress prudently, not prudishly. There...
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