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, 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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