We keep hearing horrific stories about the different abuses that women undergo all around the world. We are always told to be careful when we step out because our environment isn’t safe and people aren't good.
But what if we are unsafe in our own house?
I am a 21-year-old girl from Delhi belonging to a middle-class family where I was always told that I needed to be careful because people could make life hell for a girl.
About a year ago, I visited my aunt's house. She stayed with her husband and two children who were almost the same age as me. We cousins were really close. We had a good evening with nice food and spent quality family time, making fun and cracking jokes.
My aunt's husband suddenly started appreciating me, saying that I was smart and I should have had a chance to go to a good college (which I couldn't get because of the financial crunch in my family).
To impress me further, he also said that he wanted to sponsor my education. I was so happy that he was thinking about my future and showing more concern than my own parents.
Our chatter went on till 12 in the night and finally it was time to sleep. My aunt’s home was newly furnished and they had an AC in one room only. We were thinking about where to sleep and the only place left was with my aunt on her bed. I was just drifting off to sleep when her husband suddenly said that he was finding it difficult to sleep on the mattress on the floor.
When he came on the bed, I felt awkward at first, but then I thought that he was just like my father.
With this thought, I started falling asleep again, when suddenly, I felt him brushing my hair with his fingers. I got slightly annoyed and shifted a little, but he pulled me close to him and started breathing down my back. That’s when I realized that I was in a terribly uncomfortable situation. I tried escaping from his grasp but he wouldn’t let me move.
Luckily, after a few minutes my aunt turned to my side and he suddenly let go off me.
Finally I got some space to escape! That was truly a sleepless and horrifying night. It made me realize how I was not safe even at home.