Two years ago, V Bharati was making headlines in the city newspapers, as she became Bengaluru’s first woman cab driver. But last Monday, she was found dead under mysterious circumstances in her rented house at Nagashettyhalli in Sanjay Nagar.
40-year-old Bharati who was working as a driver for taxi aggregator service Uber was found hanging from the ceiling of her room.
Police suspect it to be a case of suicide. However, nothing can be ascertained until the arrival of the post-mortem report. No suicide note was found in the house and her phone was also locked.
She was a native of Andhra Pradesh. Apparently, her landlord had noticed her cab parked near the house unattended for many hours. After not getting any response from Bharati, he went to check inside the house where he found Bharati hanging from the ceiling.
Police from Sanjay Nagar rushed to the spot and shifted her body to M.S. Ramaiah Hospital for post-mortem. The police have also been questioning the neighbours who noticed Bharathi having fights with another woman with whom she was living for many days.
Little did the thousands of women who stepped out on the streets of the then Russian Empire know, that their protest would become the theme for women’s rights across the world, for eternity.
It was March 8, 1917, when women textile workers in Petrograd (capital of the Russian Empire) marched for their right to vote. Since then, the day is commemorated to celebrate women worldwide.
A century later, have we progressed?
Yes, we’ve come a long way since the first women’s rights movements, but a long road still lies ahead.
Even in 2018, women do not enjoy equal status to men in all spheres. We still hear phrases like ‘don’t run like a girl’, ‘don’t throw like a girl’ or ‘don’t dress like a girl’. The ones making the statements remain ignorant to the fact that running like a girl is the same as ‘running like a boy’ – with all your might; throwing like a girl is the same as ‘throwing like a boy’ – with all your power; and dressing like a girl is the same as ‘dressing like a boy’ – in whatever makes you comfortable.
Women have time and again proved that they can do ANYTHING, and this video by ParleG aims to showcase just this. It is time we realised that women are capable of achieving great heights because #ZiddiChhoriya never give up.
This International Women’s Day, Parle-G is celebrating the Ziddi Chhoriya; Woh jinhone apne dil ki suni, jo apni zidd pe adi rahi. #InternationalWomensDay #ZiddiChhoriya #WomensDay #ParleGWatch the full video here: https://youtu.be/vrtanBj7PFM
Despite the hushed talks, the demotivation and the doubts, women have worked hard to become athletes, scientists, singers, poets, writers, chefs, army persons, and what not. In fields where they were not recognised before, women are making strides. Their determination and will power are making those who questioned them, question themselves.
What is it that women cannot do? From trekking Mount Everest to making beautiful paintings? As the video correctly portrays, #ZiddiChhoriya are representing India at international stages, playing drums, leading teams, and motivating others to do the same.
It is because of these women who show immense perseverance that other women are inspired to chase their dreams.
This Women’s Day, let us salute the power of women. Let us spread awareness about equality, and lead by example.