A family lost their daughter 10 years ago in northeast Delhi. They feared the worst and went multiple times to police stations in a bid to find their daughter. After many years of wait and search, they eventually gave up on her and performed religious rituals for her thinking that she was dead. Last week they were in for the surprise of their lives when they found their daughter who was 22 years old now. She was 12 when got lost.
Their happiness in seeing her daughter soon changed to anxiety as they heard about the ordeals she had to face over the last ten years. The daughter has claimed that she was raped multiple times during the last ten years, she was also sold (at Rs 30,000) and re-sold (Rs 40,000) to many men before making her to forcefully marry a truck driver who had died two years ago and the family threw her out of the house.
Her mother is not giving up
Despite the horrific ordeals their daughter has faced, the parents have not given up. They have vowed to bring the men who had raped her to justice. However, despite multiple visits to Khajuri Khas police station, the police officers did not pay heed to their complaint. A woman police officer though has come up and taken their daughter for medical examination. Deputy Commissioner has taken stock of the situation and has ordered the formation of a special investigation team to find the culprits.
It’s so easy to say, “Follow your heart” or “Follow your dreams” but when one actually tries to take that leap of liberty, the society reinforces its shackles. In myriad ways, the age-old traditions come to stop the dreams of the youth. This is more manifest in the case of girls and women. However, passion can’t be contained and restrained for long.
This is the story of Roshni Misbah. Breaking stereotypes, she aspires to be a professional racer. Her journey has been tough, to say the least. Consider this, a hijab-wearing woman riding a sports bike with panache on the Indian roads amid stares, taunts and jeers.
The parents at home know too that society will be unkind and hesitant to accept someone who is flouting the age-old norms. Perhaps, this is why the parents resort to worry and scoldings. However, if the fire of liberty has been lit inside an individual, then it’s only a matter of time before they will rise like a phoenix, gloriously new-born from the ashes.
Roshni has covered over 15,000 km riding more than 60 bikes. She shares, “The sight of a girl on a sports bike deeply dents egos of some men and the taunts start.” It’s not easy to follow one’s dream if there are self-proclaimed proprietors of ‘decency’ at every nook and corner. Yet, Roshni stands tall.
It’s not easy to stand up to your parents and then face the issues they warned you about from society. Is it not right to follow one’s dreams and one’s own heart? If people do not break stereotypes, then all the potential for achievement and innovation will die unfulfilled. If doing something does not break a law, then what gives the right to anyone to comment and object to it?
This is the 21st century. Till when we will allow ourselves to be controlled by the whims and desires of those whose opinions deserve no merit or consideration. If this is not the right time for talented and courageous women to take a stand, then when will that time come.
“When I will walk, you will stare. When I will lose, you will laugh at me, taunt me. But, at the speed of 234 km/h, I wouldn’t hear all this,” says an undaunted Roshni. It’s time we show our support to their leap of liberty and as a society, we come together and say #ChalBadhChal.
The Logical Indian commends the passion and spirit of Roshni Misbah and appreciates Leap 7X by Liberty Shoes for bringing up this story.