Fact of the matter: change did happen

  • Demonstrators

    Demonstrators and supporters at Jantar Mantar, for  girl who died of injuries after brutally gang raped in a moving bus on 16 December, in New ...

  • Demonstrators and supporters

    Demonstrators and supporters at Jantar Mantar, for  girl who died of injuries after brutally gang raped in a moving bus on 16 December, in New ...

  • Demonstrators

    Demonstrators and supporters at Jantar Mantar, for  girl who died of injuries after brutally gang raped in a moving bus on 16 December, in New ...

  • Students of Rao Mohar Singh college

    Students of Rao Mohar Singh college holding a protest rally at Mini Secretariat, against the Delhi rape case, in Gurgaon, India, on Friday, December 28, ...

  • Demonstrator shouts

    Demonstrator shouts slogans during a protest rally in New Delhi December 27, 2012. Several hundred people gathered in India's capital on Thursday in a bid ...

  • Demonstrator shouts.

    Demonstrator shouts slogans during a protest rally. HT Photo/ RAJ K RAJ

They said we’d forget; change our display pictures to holidaying in Goa and move on. But did we?

From protesting at India Gate to apologising for abuses directed towards women, from trying to be invisible while walking on the road to looking into the eyes of every man, ready to talk back if he has a lewd comment to utter, we didn’t forget. When I wrote my cover story (We Just Had To Make Ourselves Heard, January 6), I was asked not to be too emotional, advised by well-meaning friends that nothing would change. But it did.

When guys joked about not cat-calling women lest they get beaten, things changed. When people resolved to not use abuses directed at women, things changed. And then I knew it was okay to get emotional; it makes things happen.

From HT Brunch, January 13

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