Old enough for everything , well except for questioning injustice!
At the age of 18 young people are recruited to join the defence services and be sent to war.. and get killed, if it so happens.
At 16, the government of the day also thinks a teenager can be tried as an adult and convicted for crimes and sentenced to life or even death .
At the age of 18, young people are allowed to vote and elect representatives. At the age of 18 , if you really feel like it , a young woman is allowed to marry and have children.
But if a 20 year old woman, Gurmehar speaks for campus democracy and against hooliganism by ABVP, and against war well then she is made fun of as a “pawn”, “immature”, as a mind fragile to “polluting”, as someone who has to be “slapped out of her piety” by celebrities and leaders like Rijiiu who are all too happy to send young people to the war front and to gallows. Yes, but she is considered by the goons to be old enough for being threatened with rape and death.
Last year, same time, the brilliant 26 year old research scholar, Rohith Vemula was dismissed off as child in Parliament by Smriti Irani, for challenging caste injustice with a searing last letter, which came after years of fighting for campus democracy and against ABVP hooliganism. In turn he was punished by being hounded out of education, hostel and finally life.
University students are considered as too young and vulnerable to be exposed to ideas that enables them to develop critical thought and take charge of their life and destiny. They are old enough to vote for people who are spreading hate in society but too young for campus democracy. And students are considered as being immature for wanting to change structures of violence and injustice, by celebrities and leaders who strangely think they are old enough to be punished to the destiny imposed by war, inequality and criminalization of society.