Like many of us, have you been shown lewd and inappropriate gestures by men in public spaces? If yes, then what did you do?
Did you report them to make sure they learn their lesson or just ignored like many of us?
One woman refused to ignore and we are celebrating her courage!
Recently, when a Mumbai cab driver flashed his private parts at a woman in his taxi, the young woman refused to stay silent.
Rather than being scared of shaming, this woman made sure the accuser is behind the bars so that he never gathers the courage to do the same with any other woman again. This woman recorded the incident and shared the details on Instagram.
So What Happened?
The post read:
“SHAME!!!! It took me hours to think if I should share this or not, but I am sharing it now.
(Before you judge me based on what I was wearing, I was wearing normal jeans and top). We were on our way from Siddhivinayak temple. We took this local taxi (worst decision ever) taking my mom & sister to Nariman Point on my way from Dadar.
This driver as soon as I got into this local taxi, opens his zip, was staring at me objectifying & was stimulating his genitals (I wish I could record that).
Every time he took halt on signals, making me feel so uncomfortable, it was morning 9.30 am.
Being in Mumbai I always felt safe and have never come across any such situation before. It’s called safe city.
But if people like this can make someone like me who is local resident of this city go through this, I wonder what women coming from other city could have gone through, it’s not the city to be blamed but such people.
Yes I got down abruptly in middle and no he wasn’t letting us get down until I forced voice, I said this where I could see Mumbai police around, later he started saying sorry, stating he was poor but excuse me.
Being poor doesn’t give you right to sexually harass someone.
What if it would have been late evening, me alone in this same situation, I always heard about all this until today I experienced this shit.
*Update: FIR is filed and I didn’t share this to feel victimised but to make all the women out there feel powerful and raise their voice when & where needed. Also till he is arrested I would suggest you guys not to board this taxi MH01 BT7115.”
After watching the video, many people came forward to applaud the courage of this young girl to raise her voice against sexual harassment.
As a society, we need to celebrate the courage of young women who are raising their voices to fight for their dignity.
This woman’s brave spirit will manage to get one such offender off the streets, but how many more sex-deprived men like this cab driver are roaming free on the roads.
Hope this story gives you the courage to fight back the next time you are shown lewd and inappropriate gestures by men in public spaces!