Two DU Girls, One Rap: Rape Culture and Lack of Safety In...

Two DU Girls, One Rap: Rape Culture and Lack of Safety In India

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Two young Delhi University girls describe to us the real impact of rape culture, and lack of safety in India. Their story could be the story of any young woman living in Delhi. Their performance is their protest. Share their story!

Here are the Lyrics:
(Pousali)
Gharwale bole jeans nahi pehenna
Shorts nahi pehenna, skirts nahi pehenna
Launde bahar chedenge warna
Bus nahi pakadna, taxi nahi bulana
Late night bahar kadam nahi rakhna
Ladkon se kyun baat tu karti
Aisi soch bilkul nahi rakhna…

(Ishani)
You’ve got blood on your hands, blood in your hair
You’ve got blood everywhere and you’re gasping for air
Screaming for help, you can’t save yourself
You can’t keep track
You hear the smack, before you can shout
It’s all fade to black.

(Sung-out part)
Walking in the shadows, in the darkness of the night
There’s fear in my heart and there are tears in my eyes
I want to live the way I want to
But they won’t let me be
They’ll put me in a cage and they will force themselves on me.
Alone in the night
Darkness
Terror
It’s not like they’re going to leave me
I’m their prey tonight.

(Pousali)
Kyunki rape tumhara hua jo behna, blame tumhi pe aayega
Taali ek haath se kahan hai bajti logon ka toh yahi hai kehna
Sunlo mere veeron zara, khatam kahani hui nahi hai
Blaming Western culture toh netaon ki aadat bani hai

(Ishani)
And thanks to leaders of this nation, we’ve got this piece of information
Chowmein brings out rapist hormones, cell phone gives you rape-u-tation.

So wherever you go, pray to God you make it back home!

Tu har aadmi ki amaanat
After all this ain’t no ‘Bharat’, yahan pe rape hote hain
Victims ko hi accuse karte hain
Maar dalte hain
Breaking News! Ladki hone ki sazaa dete hain.

(Sung-out part)
I want to walk past men with no fear inside
This ain’t no gift, ain’t no favour
It’s my basic right.
But I am walking in the shadows
In the darkness of the night
There’s fear in my heart and there are
Tears in my eyes.