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The rebel virus

On a new year resolve
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First Published: Wed, Jan 02 2013. 01 11 AM IST
People paying tribute to the Delhi gang-rape victim in a demonstration at Jantar Mantar, in New Delhi, on 1 January. Photo: Nadeem Hassan/Hindustan Times
People paying tribute to the Delhi gang-rape victim in a demonstration at Jantar Mantar, in New Delhi, on 1 January. Photo: Nadeem Hassan/Hindustan Times
As cliches would have it, a New Year’s day means a new resolve. For once, this may actually hold true.
If not a resolve, there is a clear indication of consciousness taking root that women have equal rights in society. Most have missed this signal as it has been cloaked in the rage that has swept the nation after a 23-year-old woman was gang-raped brutally in the capital.
While the spontaneous response has echoed across the country, it is Jantar Mantar, in the heart of New Delhi, that has emerged as ground zero for an apolitical movement to articulate the politically most explosive demand: emancipation of women. Even if the fight does not deliver the results, a generation has been influenced; similar to what was achieved in the fight against corruption.
This is an enormous victory as it lays the foundation for change and signals the end of business as usual.
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