Sivakumar Perumal Pandithar is an ordinary man leading an ordinary life in Pune with his wife and nine-year-old daughter. And just like millions of people residing in the country, he feels insecure and unsafe – not for himself, but his wife and daughter.
Disturbed by growing incidences of crimes against women, Pandithar took help of an ordinary tool of communication – a postcard – and decided to write to 93 women Members of Parliament (MPs).
“After the Nirbhaya case shook the country, every one demanded stringent laws and harsher punishment for the culprits. She lost her life, but those who committed the heinous crime are still alive. The government and the system failed to learn a lesson,” Pandithar says.
“Every single day, we come across some or the other crime against women of all age groups. There must be so many cases going unreported too. I, as a common man, am scared for my wife and daughter. That’s why, I decided to write to women MPs urging them to fight for the issue, since they have the power to raise the issue in Parliament and demand a change in the system,” adds Pandithar, who works as an accountant with Infosys BPO in Hinjewadi. While 35 postcards have already been posted, the rest would be posted by this weekend.
The postcard addressed to the MPs reads, “Atrocities on women aged anything between three years to more than 65 years, have almost become an order of the day in our country. We, the citizens, had faith that you as one amongst the many women, would not tolerate any more heinous crimes against women. You are bestowed with powers to make change for a safe and secure life for the better gender. Deafening silence on the issue from 93 women Members of Parliament does not give us an iota of feeling secure and safe. Please realise your powers, do something soon. Stop the crimes.”
This is not the first time that Pandithar has used a postcard as a tool to reach government officials. In fact, he was so affected with the Nirbhaya incident that since April 20, 2013, he has been writing a postcard to the President of India daily without a break.
The postcard reads, “I am glad to inform that at my home, no untoward incidence of an act against women has happened. I trust that you have received such news from each and every home of this country.”
But why write a postcard daily? Pandithar answers, “The day I don’t write such a postcard, it would signify that something unfortunate has happened at my end.”
However, till date, Pandithar hasn’t received a reply from the President’s office to his postcards. “In the postcard, I also ask a question – I trust that you have received such news from each and every home of this country. On any given day in India, the President cannot respond saying, ‘Yes, today, there hasn’t been a single crime against any woman’,” Pandithar says.