©Dr. Aparna Govil Bhasker
Princess of Panchal, Yajnaseni who emerged from the fiery fire,
One of the strongest and most beautiful,
O’ Draupadi, why did you allow yourself to be shared like a commodity?
Why didn’t you say #NotMe when your husband, your partner and protector treated you like just another possession?
Why didn’t you say #NotMe when he “the Dhramraj” put you at stake in a game of dice?
The avatar of Lakshmi, born from Bhoomi, the daughter of Janaka, beauty incarnate, harbinger of good fortune, you left everything in this world to follow your love into the forest for 14 long years.
O’ Sita, why didn’t you say #NotMe when they questioned your character and forced an agni pariksha on you?
Why didn’t you question maryada purushottam? Why didn’t you say #NotMe when you were forced into yet another vanvaas while everyone enjoyed the princely comforts of Ayodhya and their places in history?
Bravest of brave, trained in warfare, agile and lithe, O’ Rajputani, why didn’t you say #NotMe when they forced you to get onto the pyre and end a precious life in the name of Sati?
Centuries have passed and though everything has changed, yet it remains to be just the same.
I wish Draupadi and Sita had said #NotMe and set a precedent. May be today instead of #MeToo we would have had a #NotMe.
Everytime a woman would be forced to abort a girl child she would dare to say #NotMe,
Everytime a girl child would be denied education, a million voices would rise and say #NotMe,
Everytime a woman would not be allowed to work and be independent, she would rebel and say #NotMe,
Everytime a woman would be burnt in the name of dowry… a hundred others would say #NotMe,
Every touch that repelled you, you would have had the courage to say #NotMe right then. No role, no movie, no serial, no project, no promotion is more important than your self respect.
Every time the casting couch was laid out, you would be bold enough to say #NotMe and would have had the courage to walk out of the door.
When a million voices say #NotMe again and again, the world will have to wake up and take notice,
We have had enough of #MeToo
Its time to say #NotMe!
©Dr. Aparna Govil Bhasker
Dr. Aparna Govil Bhasker is an accomplished Bariatric Surgeon and Laparoscopic GI Surgeon. Extremely passionate about her field of specialization. She completed her MBBS and MS in General Surgery in 2006, from Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (MGIMS), Sewagram. Set up in 1967 by none other than the first health minister of India, Ms. Sushila Nayar, MGIMS is deeply rooted in Gandhian ethics. Read more