Let’s take a quick quiz! Did you walk the streets past midnight? Sat at a roadside stall and had tea? Found a toilet to pee when you needed one? Took a bus without fear of harassment? Laid down in a park and took a nap?
If the majority of your answers are ‘yes’, there is a high chance you are an able-bodied cis-man hailing from a dominant caste and religion.
Public spaces and their access are not gender-neutral. Look around and you will realise that they are mostly occupied by fully grown, able-bodied, upper caste, young cis-gendered heterosexual men, who feel free, powerful and in control of these spaces.