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Mary Kom says, she was molested; appeals her sons to respect dignity of women

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Imphal, Oct. 4: In an open letter to her son, five time world boxing champion and presently nominated as Rajya Sabha MP, Mary Kom had stated that she was molested first in Manipur and then again while she was out with her girl friends in Delhi and Haryana’s Hissar.
“ I know it is shocking to learn that even a woman who has earned her spurs, boxing her way through life, was made to feel violated. I was on my way to my training camp at 8.30 in the morning in a cycle rickshaw when a stranger suddenly lunged at me and stroked my breast. I was angry, very angry. I leapt off the rickshaw and chased him, holding my slipper in my hand, but he managed to escape. My regret is that I could not catch him or the karate that I had already learnt by then, would have come in handy”, the letter written to her sons was produce in Hindustan Times.
Motive of the letter was rather to teach her sons to give highest respect to women.
“I was only 17-years-old then and am 33 now. I have brought great fame to my country and have been celebrated as a medallist but what I also want, is to be respected as a woman. We women have scaled heights and stormed male bastions but for some men, we are still all about our bodies. Remember, dear sons, like you, we too have two eyes and a nose. Some parts of our bodies are different and that’s the only thing that sets us apart. We use our brains to think, like all men do, and we feel with our hearts, like you do. We don’t deserve our breasts to be touched or our bums patted. That’s what happened to my friends and me in Delhi and Hissar, while we were taking a walk outside our training camps”.
Taking a dig to the racism attitude she further wrote, “There are other words that you will hear soon. You might be walking with me one of these days to hear your mother being called a ‘chinky’. That is a slur. That is racist. I am Indian and I know you are growing up to be proud Indians. We belong to a state that is in the grip of an insurgency. I protect you against violence, I help you overcome fears. Equally important — as you get on to become this great country’s future — is that you grow to respect women. A lot of women from our State are targeted for the way they look and the way they dress. ‘Chinkies’ are not fair game”.
She further wrote, “Sexual crimes are also steeped in our mindsets and I would fail in my duty as a mother, if I did not tell you – all great sons of this country – that we alone have rights to our bodies. Respect women when they say ‘No’. Don’t stalk them to death because they have said ‘No’. Rape is not about sex; it is only about a misplaced sense of power and revenge.
“I know I can beat a molester to pulp and that might help me fight the deep sense of being defiled but why should it even come to that? Desire is beautiful when it is reciprocal. We have often heard the explanation of ‘boys will be boys’. Let’s build a society where girls can be safe, secure and respected”.

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James October 4, 2016 - 2:00 pm

this open letter to her son given a lesson to all woman even five times world boxing winner got suffer from molesting in India.

Bejoy October 4, 2016 - 2:50 pm

Salute !!! You’re not only a boxing champion but a champion mother … really proud of you

Ratimanjuri October 4, 2016 - 4:44 pm

Proud of you. It will be a message to not only your sons but to all the gentleman as well as bustards that they should respect women..

johnzou39 October 4, 2016 - 5:29 pm

I salute u with respect in ur words


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