Molestation of women on public transport

bhavsinghrandev
Posted February 7, 2021 from India

Hi,

Women often face molestation on public transport, especially here in India. I will tell my experience through this post. I call also call it as 'My Story'. Read further to know why.

 

I used to travel in public transport to reach my office. I stay in Navi Mumbai. First I used to take a train and then a bus to reach my office. I have shifted near my office some time back. Anyways, coming to my story, I was returning from my office in the evening to my home. The bus was crowded as usual. The place where I work is not fully developed. So there is construction work going on in full swing. Many labourers too travel by public transport to reach their working areas. There was no place to sit in the bus. Here, in buses u have to go all the way to the front to deboard the bus. People board the bus through the rear door. I boarded the bus with my earphones on as I usually do. I tend to forget all my problems after I put on my earphones, as u would agree too . A women came from behind and stood just in front of me. A guy came from behind in the pretext of getting down the bus and stood behind her. I could feel something amiss. I just took a look and saw that guy trying to push his body on hers. I could see the woman being uncomfortable by his actions but she chose to stay quiet as do other women in such situations. I just told that guy slowly," O bhai thoda peeche ho jaa yaar" in Hindi. Meaning back down bro. My eyes are big too. So I don't feel the need to shout at anybody. He just looked at me and stepped aside. Nobody in the bus knew what I said to him, not even that woman. Our destination arrived. I got down the bus, so did that woman and we went our separate ways.

I called it ,'My Story' because it was the first time I decided to act against such perverts. I had previously seen such incidents and turned a blind eye to them. But that day onwards, I have never been silent on such issues and always spoke out against such people.

A women's life is a difficult one, especially here in India. Right from her birth, she is told that she should behave nicely, should follow so called Sanskars meaning customs and traditions, should stay in her limits.

Through my story, I just want to tell them that they are not alone in this fight. We are there with you guyz. Speak up against such perverts. Dream big and fulfill them.

 

Love and love always,

Bhavneet

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jomarieb.earth
Feb 08
Feb 08

Dear Bhavneet,
I have to thank you personally for stepping up and using your power to help and empower another person, especially a woman. You are so appropriate. I have been that woman that you speak of. Except in NYC subways during rush hour. The difference is that we are taught to roar on our own, because we usually have no male to speak up for us while traveling alone. Women all over the world deal with this. I recently saw a documentary about Tokyo and what a problem groping and perversions are during travel for women. They even created a train car just for women. And an app for reporting gropes.
It baffles me why there are men in this world that are compelled to do this act. But the answer won't solve that problem either. Someday, women will be raised to stand up for themselves everywhere. Until that day comes, we need more men, like yourself, to stand up to perverts . We need allies.
I know you made a difference in that moment for that woman's life. It also made a difference in your life. Welcome to World Pulse. Please continue to share your stories.
JoMarie

bhavsinghrandev
Feb 07
Feb 07

Thank u so much

Rahmana Karuna
Feb 08
Feb 08

Thank you. we need more men speaking up for women.

bhavsinghrandev
Feb 08
Feb 08

Yup

Nini Mappo
Feb 09
Feb 09

Dear Bhavneet,
Thank you for sharing this story. We have heard of very disturbing stories of sexual assaults in buses in India. It is comforting to know that there are men standing up against those who disrespect and take advantage of women. Thank you for creating safety for that sister.

bhavsinghrandev
Feb 09
Feb 09

U r welcome Nini....

Andrace
Feb 22
Feb 22

Hi Bhavneet,
I join my sisters Jomarieb, Rahmana and Nini to warmly welcome you to World Pulse and heartily congratulate you on your first post. Very impactful. Your action was really powerful! I agree with you that we should act, rather than condone seeing others being harassed. It was so humane of you not to look the other way any more. "...But that day onwards, I have never been silent on such issues and always spoke out against such people...." 'Great that you are raising your voice. Keep writing and shining.

May the world have more of you and of course, this is certainly the place to be...on World Pulse.

Best wishes,
E. J.

bhavsinghrandev
Feb 23
Feb 23

Thank u so much Andrace....

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