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I remember my childhood days when I used to go for long walks, late in the evenings, with my elder sister on the lonely streets of Border Security Force Cantonment. Those are one of the most precious memories of my life that I still treasure close to my heart. I felt completely safe even on those secluded streets as my sister used to lovingly hold my hand while walking. The thought of personal safety didn’t even cross my mind then. I would be so happily engrossed in the beauty of the world around me. All my senses were fine tuned-into...

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I am a born nomad. Even when I was a teenager, I often fantasized travelling around and depositing exciting bits of new experiences and knowledge into my wisdom account. The thrill of embarking on a solo travel expedition and exploring the far-off land sand, the hidden treasures has always fascinated me. Some of the greatest euphoric moments and some of the toughest challenges that I have ever faced in life were while I was travelling alone to a far away land. I am a strong believer that travelling can be one of the most rewarding experiences for a woman. For...

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Do you know that one in three women worldwide has gone through some form of physical or sexual abuse at least once in their lifetime? That is huge! It is almost a third of the entire population of women worldwide. And obviously, this does not include the untold stories of millions who suffer in silence. Physical or sexual assaults on women range from less severe forms such as eve-teasing, passing sexual comments, making indecent remarks, etc. to severe offenses like physical abuse, acid-attack, rape and murder. There is no discrimination on the basis of caste, religion, age, etc. when it...

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“Woman, fight back. Make him learn why you will be the one he won’t be able to forget. Turn the tables around, make the ground shake. Woman, fight back. If you ever feel like you can’t breathe anymore when there aren’t even hands around your throat, leave before they even start to approach. Woman, fight back. Make him learn what happens when he ignores the word ‘no’.” These were the words of Michelle Manese. Her poem ‘Woman, fight back.’ popped as a suggestion on YouTube a year back, and ever since that day the poem has struck a powerful chord...

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Whether it is a 23-year old Nirbhaya or an eight-year old Asifa, no girl in India can be claimed to be safe. Attacks on women have become common for reasons ranging from revenge to absolutely no reason at all. The most common forms of attack on females are rape, molestation, kidnapping, murder, acid attacks, assault and more importantly, eve teasing, which every girl in this country has faced sometime or the other, generally in public places. Most recently, gender violence has increased to a significant number. However, even today, most rapes go largely unreported because the victims fear retaliation through...

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