A girl was hacked in my neighbourhood two evenings ago. This morning, a girl of about the same age who comes to teach my son, walked in with fear all over her face and asked, “Did you see the newspaper, maam? I walk through the same market every evening after my classes. Yesterday, I saw blood spots where this girl was hacked. With sand covering it.” She added, “I haven’t told my parents in Bihar about it or they would have been worried sick.”
The story came out then which could be the story of thousands of girls living in big cities across India. She grew up in a small town near Mughal Sarai and went to Jaipur to study engineering. “I am the eldest one in the family, good in studies and always wanted to do something and thankfully my parents did not stop me. It was my dream to come to Bangalore and work, this being an IT hub.” For the last six months though, she has not been able to find a job. Her inability to speak fluent English is one reason, as is the recession so she is holding on, sharing accommodation with other struggling friends, working as a tutor and now adding a diploma to her degrees. It is a hard life and there are days, she is too tired to study but she dreams of a break-through and till last evening, the idea that there are other dangers stalking girls like her in cities of dreams, did not strike her.
Reema Moudgil is the author of Perfect Eight (http://www.flipkart.com/perfect-eight-9380032870/p/itmdf87fpkhszfkb?pid=9789380032870&_l=A0vO9n9FWsBsMJKAKw47rw–&_r=dyRavyz2qKxOF7Yuc