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Fear

Among all freedoms to humans, freedom from fear is very important. Because most of our actions and inaction are controlled by this fear.

We see injustice, but we dare not protest it. Because we are afraid of antagonizing people or authorities.

We, most of Indian women wrap ourselves in 4,5 layers of clothing. Lest men feel attracted by us and try to harm us or pass lewd comments. And we are afraid, these comments some how reflect on us, not on them.

Family members of some of us go even further and ask us to cover our faces too with a burqa or a ghoonghat

We see our boss fire a co-worker for trivial matter, and we feel angry. But we do not protest. We have to protect our own a###es.

Some of us - men and women sometimes do muster enough courage and protest injustice. But inevitably we will be punished - get scolded or beaten, or get arrested on some false charges.

What ever happened to the dream of our forefathers who said?

"Where the mind is without fear
And the head is held high."



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