Why Don’t You Let Me Be Free?

All of you dear readers must have noticed quite obviously that these days I have been gushing over the songs of a certain someone. Anupam Roy. Yes, I’m going to write about him today. Particularly, I’m going to write about one particular song of his. It was released a few years back by his band : The Anupam Roy Band. I came to know about the song just a few days back. The thing which surprised me was that it was an English song. I didn’t have any idea that he sings in English so quite obviously, I went to YouTube to check it out.
Second Sex.

That’s the name of the song.
Now.. now .. reign in your thoughts. I know that you’re thinking that it is a vulgar song. But let me tell you something, it is anything BUT vulgar.

In December 2012 there was a horrific horrendous psychotic gang rape case that took place in New Delhi. I’m not going to go into any details about it because it is bad. BAD. Just thinking about it horrifies me. This particular case ignited something in our citizens and there were wide scale protests against it. New laws were implemented. Steps were taken. Now, this wasn’t the last rape case. We have those in a daily basis.. cities, villages, everywhere. Only a few are brought into the notice of the media. Many cases are never reported. The condition is BAD. I’m saying all this because we have a number of masochist and chauvinistic males in our country. Not all, I stress. But the amount of people who fall into the category is quite large. Women are not given enough security and somehow the victim is always made to be at fault. Apparently, girls should not wear skirts or jeans according to them. We should not be out at night. We should not use mobile phones. It is basic legitimate shit but comments like these are always made.

In the song, ARoy sings about how the society thinks that the girls need to be protected. He says that she isn’t your mother/daughter/sister.. she needs no protection. She needs to live in a secure and safe society. You need to provide her that. It is a basic right that she has. We, as a society, need to make sure that she feels safe living. She should be free to do anything that she wants without having the need to look over her shoulder. We need to give her the freedom of being. He expresses this opinion because according to him, rape is not an individual’s problem. It is the problem of our entire society.

And he is 100% right because rape is indeed the problem of the society. Just debating among ourselves on national television about it isn’t going to change anything. We need to take steps. We need to start putting others before us the next time we see a girl getting eve-teased. Slap him, kick him, hit him, abuse him, shout at him in front of everyone.. I dont’ care! Just gather some f* courage and DO SOMETHING instead of being another apparently unaccountable person in the crowd of people who just don’t give a shit.

Here’s the link to the video : http://www.google.co.in/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0CCQQtwIwAQ&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DZLdcKMKGQXk&ei=vTlnVZicMdK3uAST64LABQ&usg=AFQjCNF8FSJZuFIwVlLnIR8SVVhzuUebrg&sig2=Hab6ad0JdeU3rL6Ue7X_IA&bvm=bv.93990622,d.c2E

Go listen to it. And please do take a minute to read the note that Anupam has published along with the song.

Also, there was a lady who commented that why he has called the song “second sex”. I think it is to bring the focus on the sexist population in our society who think that females come after males.

P.S.

I got retweeted by him today! 😀

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4 thoughts on “Why Don’t You Let Me Be Free?

    • yes.. this song is indeed amazing.. especially the message with it.. 🙂
      it is really sad but being sad isnt going to change anything..
      and i knew you’d like to see me talking about a song that you’d understand 😛

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