U for Uniformed Red Brigade #AtoZChallenge
Eve teasing, passing on lewd comments and groping. All this is enough to scare girls who are out sometimes to school or to run an errand. Unfortunately, some fall prey and are molested or raped. In slums and in rural sectors, these stories are commonly heard. While police reports can be filed, there is pressure from family on losing face, shame, and then the ultimate fear of being tagged characterless.
Usha Vishwakarma, the founder of Red Brigade took matters into her own hands. At 18, she was assaulted by her peer. She saved herself and escaped but the anger never did. In spite of putting up a fight, she was harassed and put to blame. For two years, she could not forgive and then she started the Red Brigade. Instead of staying indoors to avoid lecherous men, she formed a group of women who were all victims and started training them on self-defense. Strategic moves to attack weaknesses when pinned by a man and this skill let these women win the physical advantage that men have.
Not just martial arts, the Red Brigade involves the police to get the accused behind bars.
They also walk up to accused’s house to inform the family members of the wrongdoing to bring shame and awareness that no such act can be a woman’s fault.
It is not about the clothes she wears, how she walks or what time she steps out. It is about her safety and security.
Dressed in the uniform of a red kurta/top and a black bottom – the Red Brigade started off on the outskirts of Lucknow in 2011.
Vigilant Justice is debatable here but think of these vulnerable women. Think of the harsh conditions they survive in and then take into account how the family stops backing these women in case of any unfortunate incident. While justice takes time to come, what’s wrong in protecting self and teaching a lesson to one that deserves the most?
All is fair in love and war and this is a war against crime.
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