Pallavi wasn't murdered for yelling at the security guard.
She was murdered because the man who murdered her believed he could.
She was murdered because we live in a 'culture' that finds excuses for murder- nothing 'provoked'
murder/ attack/ violence. There is no such thing as 'honour killing' - it's murder. There is no such thing as 'asking for it'.
She was murdered because there are more than few men who have anger issues and have been allowed to have anger issues because they are 'men'. Masculinities needs some serious urgent attention.
She was murdered because her neighbours kept their doors shut tight.
A city isn't unsafe for woman- just by itself.
You make it safe when you don't ignore, dismiss or trivialise violence.
You make it safe when you don't let fear overtake your spirit. Streets would always be safer if there were more of YOU / me outside. NO?
You make it safe when you let someone being assaulted know you are there for them. ( street violence / domestic violence/ all violence- Do send in strategies on how the 3rd person could intervene)
You make it safe when you report to the cop. ( yes we know the cops have a LOT of work to do on earning public trust BUT )
You make it safe when you recognise there are fewer people who set out to harm, and more people living in fear of being harmed. You are part of the latter. Make that fear your strength.