I don’t know what the word qualm means, so let’s see what google says:
Last night, I was walking on the road with my mother after dinner. We’ve recently shifted to a small, congested two bed room apartment (the space is worth one bedroom apartment) after we had to leave the big house provided by government, since my father has a state government job (he was recently transferred). We had to rent a place because mother isn’t going anywhere for now, since she has her 8 years of job left that she do not want to leave so that family wouldn’t suffer financial set or cut backs. And also because she can’t live with father because they separated about a year back.
The house is in the vicinity of the highest place in the town and away from the chatter of all people. The road in the night is deserted since not many people live around. Even still, she said to me
I couldn’t walk here if I was alone, it’s so deserted.
And I told maa that she could, but I knew less of what she was feeling, so I just tacitly said a mmhmm, albeit filled with concern, worry and in parts my inability to do anything about making things safe for girls and women.