Open letter from Malayalee girl to a boy’s mother on molestation goes viral

The engineering graduate exposes the hollowness of society while responding to incidents of attack against women.

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Instances of attack against women are no secret and women have spoken up against it. However, the mass molestation at Bengaluru on the last night of December 2017, sent shock waves across the country.

While majority women took on social media to condemn the incident and to share their experiences, a girl from Kerala decided to write a letter to the mother of a boy, her friend.

Ashmi Soman, an engineering graduate, posted the letter on her Facebook page, reveals the hollowness of the society while responding to incidents of violence against women. It also speaks about the role of women in such incidents.

The letter addressed to her friend’s mother mentions about Bengaluru molestation. It says that people often criticize the dressing style of women for such incidents and asks whether a two-year-old and a grandmother was attacked due to their ‘provoking’ dressing.

She asks why the mother, who told her not to go out alone and ensure dignity in behavior did not dare to teach his boy that a girl is not merely a commodity, that no one has the right to touch her without her permission, should respect her personality.

In the letter, Ashmi also speaks about the mental issues faced by women undergoing sexual harassment. She also criticizes the society, which is imposing new rules for women whenever a new incident of harassment surfaces.

In the letter, Ashmi also speaks about the mental issues faced by women undergoing sexual harassment. She also criticizes the society, which is imposing new rules for women whenever a new incident of harassment surfaces.

Her letter ends with a statement that when she becomes a mother, at first she will teach her son to respect women and daughters to fight and move ahead in their life.

Read her Facebook post below:

The letter has gone viral on social media with over one lakh likes and shares.