After 6 years of Nirbhaya Rape case, when a 23-year-old Jyoti Singh Pandey, was beaten, gang-raped, and tortured in a private bus she was traveling in with her friend, there comes a news that restores your faith in humanity.
25-year-old Mantasha Shaikh took it to Twitter to share her experience while returning home late in Mumbai city. As she lost track of time while visiting some relatives, she boarded a BEST bus from Sakinaka to her home in Royal Palms, Aarey.
Around 1:30 am, when the bus reached a deserted point, the bus driver Prashant Mayekar and conductor, Raj Dinkar did something which many of us couldn’t imagine.
Rather than going on their way, they asked Mantasha if someone was coming to take her home as it was late. When she responded in the negative, they parked the bus on one side and waited until she got an auto.
Only after Mantasha got into an auto and they ensured that auto was heading in the right direction, did they start the bus.
Speaking to Mumbai Mirror, Mantasha said, “That small gesture for them made a big difference to me. I felt that even if my family was not around, Mumbai will be looking out for me. It made me fall in love with the city all over again.”
I would like to thanks #Best Bus driver of 398 ltd. Who dropped me at 1.30 am at a deserted bus stop and asked me if someone is there to pick me up. To which i replied no. He made the entire bus wait until i got the auto. @WeAreMumbai
Working with BEST for more than a decade, both Prashant and Raj remained humble amidst all this praise.
Speaking to the publication, Raj said,
“During my training, we were provided with a set of guidelines on how to make female passengers, elderly persons and children feel safe and comfortable during the ride. The safety of women passengers is paramount to us. Usually, women or elderly people are the last to get to off our buses. We are extra careful when they take a drop at an isolated place like Aarey Colony.”
In the midst of #MeToo and rape stories, this story highlights positivity that exists in our society. We would like to salute these two men for restoring our faith in humanity.