Coming from a very educated family violence to me had a different meaning as I never faced any, until I grew up and had public dealing on daily basis. My idea of violence had clear cut definition, guns, bomb, deaths, and bloodshed bracket closed.
The world around me changed all of a sudden when I started reporting in Kashmir, everyone warned me against it but I barely anticipated its consequences. With every story about violence I came to unfold a new chapter to crimes against women in the shape of rapes, acid attacks, domestic violence, and molestation.
I had to think thousand times before filing a story about its social repercussions. Certain themes aren’t taken in good taste in a society like Kashmir, so to do a story you really had to shut yourself up and turn a blind eye to the feedback.
Having said that, I didn’t stop here, I reported on gender issues throughout these past six years. It may have no immediate impact but I have made the ball rolling and will keep on doing my bit to raise the issue.
Professionally I may have lost contacts, good projects but I will keep on doing my bit.