Open letter to anyone.

Dear all,

Thank you for your outrage on rape. It was very important. Your marches and petitions have been well received. Really. I wish you all the success in your future endeavors and sincerely hope that the change you are trying to bring, is brought, swiftly and properly.

But since educating the youth, sex-education, judicial reforms, women empowerment and measures such as banning chowmein will take a few more decades to arrive, there are more things you can do.

Like applying for a gun license for your wife/girlfriend/female friends. Ask them to shoot any molester/eve-teaser/potential rapist at sight. Remember that this is a country where they’ll get convicted for murder, serve the sentence and will be out sooner than justice is delivered if a rape incident happens. Ask them to shoot at the penis so even if the person isn’t killed, he and his masculinity suffers enough. Ask them not to spare teenagers or old men because rapists are not human, not in the moment they are not. Ask them to be prepared for revenge, media attention and shit that comes as a packaged deal. If you can’t afford a gun, buy her a knife. A taser. Buy her anything that hurts her offenders more than they hurt her.

Be wary of all men. Including family. Remember that a rapist was driving your kids to school. Treat everyone with suspicion. Even your milkman. Your husband’s best friend. Your husband. Any thing that has a penis. Safety is just an illusion.

When your girl is old enough, send her to a country that treats its women with respect. Hard to find a place but there must be an island or two on the world map that will meet this requirement. Don’t trust Indian cities. All Indian cities are fucked up irrespective of which end of the map  you are looking at. So are the villages. Safe country is another illusion. Remember ‘Legitimate rape’?

Befriend policemen and politicians. Get to know your MLA. Choose a political party. Buy them booze and cigarettes. Bribe them. Remember that you live in a country where you don’t get a fucking driving license without bribing someone, justice is a far, far call. Remember those kids who died saving their friend?

Teach your girl how to fight. Learn how to fight.

Teach your son to respect women. Teach him till he understands. If he doesn’t, shoot him too.

Make lots of friends. Only a mob can fight another.

If nothing else, buy them a poison pill so they can kill themselves while there’s still time. You’ll be arrested for abetment of suicide but it will probably be worth it.

Remember that there are more rapists out there than policemen and sometimes there’s no difference between the two.

Most of all.


Remember that every douchebag you tolerate now adds to a populace that’ll blame your girl for her suffering. They don’t care if she is 6-year-old or 66. It is always her fault. Or culture’s fault. Or chowmein’s fault. The most they’ll do is cancel the registration of a bus. That, for them, solves everything. That or the ‘maoist’ label.


That there is no Batman. Your fights are your own. To the the Government and the police you are just a statistic. Just another figure in their yearly compensation estimate. Nothing more.

Go to those candle marches. Burn a few candles. Burn a few men too. Just like they burnt that woman after her gang rape.

Sign petitions. It is easier than signing those medical inspection forms.

Vote. Topple governments. Two men threw a bomb in the assembly once. These are your bombs. Move governments, move ministers. Vote for scum that works for you rather than scum that works for no one. Play dirty, those goons who tease your daughter everyday already are.

Thank you once again for your outrage.

Keep it up.

Keep it burning.



  1. Tantanoo, I have changed 4 profiles on twitter. No, I am not talking about merely changing their handle. I mean, really really going out there and creating a new profile… 4 times. Every single time you are one of the first 10 guys I hunt up to follow. Why? Because while you are a damn funny guy who breaks into an 80s song in ALL-CAPs, you are also capable of something which is a lot more serious… like the stuff above! Loved it, just loved it… Keep it burning!


  2. Very well compiled. The aggression is 200 percent justified. Unless the girl (a prospective victim to the heinous act) doesnt learn to give the bastard a piece of her mind, The situation will not change. It should be so fucking brutal that it induces a terror in his mind before approaching any girl with such filthy intentions. Kudos to the post!


  3. Totally in agreement with the post. We talk about changing the system, changing the society, changing what not, but it is a bitter reality that the change isn’t happening not any sooner. We cannot let more women suffer because of this limbo of a period we are living in. May be this change that we talk about, looking at the outrage, is just an illusion. The mentality of male superiority isn’t inherent to humans. They get fed in bits and pieces. How old were those rapists after all? 19? 20? How could something go possibly so wrong with them during the last 20 years of their lives that they didn’t think twice before committing an act so heinous, just a thought of which makes a shiver run down your spine! It’s not just society, it’s not just patriarchy that is responsible for producing such men, it’s us, the “mainstream-popular” culture, to an extent, as well. Every time we listen to a Honey Singh song demeaning women, it gives encouragement to someone out there, motivating him to prove his “dominance” over women. So we need to stop ourselves from sitting and laughing every time Akshay Kumar pinches Sonakshi Sinha’s waist in Rowdy Rathore and we need to stop considering women as “easy” or “slutty” if she is casual. Empathizing with a girl is NOT gay and cracking rape jokes is NOT macho. Break these notions, start from yourself and focus on these issues which are in our hand. Yes, little things matter and little steps are capable to make huge differences.


  4. This is a great post Shantanu! How I wish we could implement the last para. We still haven’t understood the importance of a vote. No city is considered safe because of the measures they take to prevent such things, instead civilized people. we are not civilized at all. There is no sex education at all. There is a high rate of illiteracy and unemployment. All these lead someone to inhuman action like this. The only way I feel this can be removed by having stronger laws that anyone doing this barbarian act will think twice. Such acts may still not stop unless we think of equality for women in every respect. Very well written mate!


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