So, Raksha bandhan is around the corner and everywhere there are posts of how brothers should be protecting their sisters and such.
This reminds me of a statement made by my son few years back. When asked about protecting his younger sister, he said, “I will always be there for her, but she should not need me to protect her. We will make her capable enough so that she can protect herself.” I quite liked that statement coming from a little boy.
In our society, girls are always made to believe that they need some male member to protect them, be it their father, brother, husband or son. Raksha is always not physical, it can be emotional support too and that can be provided by both siblings. I have seen many examples where the sister has taken care of and protected the brother.
For me Raksha bandhan is a celebration of bonding between siblings who should be present emotionally for each other as eventually physically being available is not possible always. Also, it should be a festival where both the genders promise to protect each other and be with each other during thick and thin and the onus should not just be put on the brothers!
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