"Girls have a lot of restrictions on them. Boys don't have any restrictions. Also boys say bad things when they see a girl by herself". A teenager from Jharkhand rationalises why there's so much restrictions on her mobility, thus. Four years from the horrific murder and rape of Jyothi Singh Pandey in Delhi, what has changed for the women and girls of this country? They are still responsible for their own safety, not the patriarchal system that sees them as objects to be harrassed. If the only way we can think of keeping women and girls safe is by confining them indoors, then it's our outlook that needs to change. The right to public spaces, to free movement, indeed, the right to loiter, roam, walk free from fear is a fundamental right. Public spaces across the country are still the dominated by cis-gendered male privilege where women are see as interlopers. To change the system we must change ourselves--let's reclaim the streets today for everyone irrespective of their gender, class, caste.
COMMUNITY CORRESPONDENT BASANTI SOREN FROM JHARKHAND REPORTS FOR VIDEO VOLUNTEERS. THIS SERIES DOCUMENTING EVERYDAY PATRIARCHY IS SUPPORTED BY UNFPA
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They have been demanding a railway line for passengers for the last 50 years. The Bastar Chambers of Commerce and Industries are also a part of this agitation, together with various local organisations and citizens.
In the Katihar district of Bihar state, 60 families are staying in shanties next to the State Highway. But they have to be relocated, because of the Highway expansion project, and that is the issue.