The brave heart who helps nab perverts. #WATWB

The Mumbai locals (Railways) may be the lifeline for millions in the City of dreams, but they also happen  to be the bane of the lives of its travellers, especially the women. Imagine  travelling in crowded compartments, from far flung suburbs, to work and back, spending almost four hours doing so each day.

Now, add to that the everyday torture and harassment by perverts who pass lewd comments, molest, harass without a fear in the world, and no one to guard you, or assist you in fighting the rowdies off!

A nightmare, isn’t it?

Law enforcement officers often (sadly) turn a blind eye and  a deaf ear to the protests and the complaints made by some women who gather the courage to come forward. So, whom do they turn to? Or, do they go about their lives, living in fear each time they step onto the train?

Fortunately, for them, there are a few brave hearts , who put their lives at risk and come forward to help. They know what it must be like being at the receiving end of all the abuse. They have female family members/friends  who travel and complain about the daily fight they have to put up with.

Like Mr. Dipesh Tank, from Mumbai. The man, who has taken it upon himself to nab molesters in Mumbai local trains and do his bit to help the police.

Dipesh Tank

DIpesh, who began working at an early age, saw how perverts teased and harassed women in local trains. It reminded him of his mother who had to travel at odd hours to work. And, that’s when he decided to do something to help.

He bought a special pair of glasses with built-in HD video recording camera to record and nab the perpetrators and report to the police. He began a campaign in 2013 along with his friends, WARR (War Against Railway Rowdies) and collected evidence to present to the police.

In the past six months, the police nabbed around 140 eve-teasers, all thanks to Dipesh’s efforts.

It is not an easy task Dipesh has set out to do. But, he persists in doing it, each day, every day. The one thing he rues, though,  is  women’s reluctance to come forward and file a complaint, or raise a voice each time they fall prey to the molesters which encourages the perverts to carry on with their sickening ways.

Do read  the story of  the  brave man who helps Mumbai police to nab eve-teasers here.

 

Damyanti Biswas  co-hosts the We Are The World Blogfest on the  last Friday of every month to share a snippet of positive news that shows our essential, beautiful harmony, and restore our faith in humanity.

Do join in with a real life story that speaks of something positive in a world that can be quite a scary place with all the negativity we see around. 

 

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38 Replies to “The brave heart who helps nab perverts. #WATWB”

  1. Thank you for sharing this wonderful story with ya, Shilpa! We definitely need more such people to ensure women can continue to travel safely in the many other cities of India.

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  2. I heard Dipesh’s interview on Mirchi Love 104 FM a few days ago. He is doing a commendable job. More power to him and may his tribe increase. Thanks for joining us for this edition of #WATWB, Shilpa 🙂

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  3. I keep thinking about the “heroes” our culture and media tend to worship – football players, movie characters, etc. but I believe people like Mr. Dipesh Tank are the true heroes. Thank you for honoring him.

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    1. You are so right, JoAnna! It is heroes like Dipesh who need to be applauded for the work they do, selflessly. The day I read his story in the newspaper, I decided I would definitely share it with everyone on my blog.
      Thank you for visiting, JoAnna!

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  4. We’re undergoing our own revolution in thought here in the States with women (and, hopefully, men) pointing at abusers and harassers and saying, “No more!” I hope the trend continues and we can keep dragging these perverts into the light so we can see them all as the pathetic people they are.

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    1. Perverts need to be dragged out in the open and thrashed. But, it’s mostly the fear associated with them that stops us from doing so. We should be grateful we have people like Mr. Tank who help in nabbing these beasts and teaching them a lesson.

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    1. We really need to read and share about these heroes, and I am glad we have this #WATWB as the perfect platform for doing it. It’s heartening to know that there are some good people amidst us, who go out of their way to help their fellow citizens.

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  5. Dipesh sounds like a brave soul with a caring heart. So many women are fearful of pointing out their abusers because of the way society either turns a blind eye or reacts as if they are somehow to blame for being the victim of someone else’s perversion. I hope he never gives up his fight to bring as many to justice as is in his power.

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    1. He is indeed a brave soul, considering he is putting his life at risk as he goes about his work of tracking perverts. I hope women find the courage to come out to assist him in his fight, and speak up against the abuse.
      Thank you for visiting! 🙂

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    1. We so need to spread such kind of news, VIshal, that is full of positivity and hope. 90% of the news we read every morning is full of negativity and misery happening around us. News of such real life heroes give hope that all’s not lost.

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