Beti Bachao

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It might have been just an­other story of a young In­dian woman sub­jected to vi­o­lence and ter­ror by young men for the crime of be­ing out at night. It might have been just an­other story of the thug­gish son of a pow­er­ful politi­cian prov­ing to be un­touch­able re­gard­less of his crimes be­cause of his con­nec­tions. In­stead, thanks to the vic­tim’s own con­nec­tions and priv­i­lege, an or­deal is be­ing trans­formed into an oc­ca­sion for na­tional soul search­ing. Varnika Kundu and her father, Viren­der, an IAS of­fi­cer, put their ac­count out on so­cial me­dia, forc­ing politi­cians on the back foot. And women around the coun­try posted self­ies of them­selves on a night out with the hash­tag ‘Ain’t No Cin­derella’. Beti

bachao, these women ap­pear to be say­ing, is pa­tro­n­is­ing. They’re ca­pa­ble of sav­ing them­selves.

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