I request you to read this Facebook post that has gone viral ever since it was first published, reportedly on 8th May 2016.
(Here is the full text of the post, which reportedly, has been taken off since then.)
Last night, one of my extremely close friends had gone to the market at around 10pm in Delhi. On her way, two uncouth men began to follow her. By their looks and behavior she knew something is not right. They followed her for about 5 minutes and then they grabbed her by her waist and pulled her away and at that hour, there was nobody around in the street.
Now this is a situation in which most of us would start screaming at the top of our voices for help but instead, she made the smartest move, she did something that probably wouldn’t occur to any of our minds specially in such a situation.
She acted as if she was a ghost and started speaking in a paranormal way, she would laugh hard at times, and the next moment just stare at the men’s faces. (Very fortunately, she had left her house with open, unkept hair).
Looking at this, one of the two got extremely scared and resorted to run, while the other one was determined that there is nothing to worry about.
Now in this situation, she really didn’t know what to do anymore. Without thinking, she scratched the guy’s hand so that it would bleed and began to rub his blood on her face while laughing as loud and evil as she could.
As gross as it sounds, it worked and the second man too, got completely scared and left her, running away, too.
She is a seventeen year old friend of mine who didn’t want her name to be revealed. But when I heard about this from her, I was so moved by the witty escape she made, that I couldn’t help but post about this.
To everyone out there, be safe. And if you can’t be safe, be smart like her.
The netizens are divided in their reactions. Some applaud the post and the presence of mind of the girl in question; others label the story itself made up.
Be whatever it may be, one thing is sure – if someone has to get down to such play acting to remain safe, the condition of safety surely needs to be revisited.
Article 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights reads thus – “Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.”
But, the reality mirrors a different altogether. A woman, a teenage girl, a young girl, an infant girl – consider whatever age group – is not safe. Period. We read news and reports of violence of different hues being inflicted upon her that it is not considered Breaking News any more. Not even when the atrocities with little kids and infants. People stop for a moment, say ‘Poor soul’ and move on. Not another thought on the victim and the physical, mental, emotional and social horror she has to undergo and live for God knows how long!
In such a scenario, the 17-year old’s presence of mind is, indeed, appreciable. This is what thinking on one’s feet tantamount to. This teenager is going to go a long way in her life and achieve a lot of success.
But, is it really a cause to rejoice or celebrate? Do our mothers, sisters, daughters really need to resort to such thought followed by action? Are we so incompetent that we can’t account for their safety and security? Seriously?
Why does the same society, who prays them as Devi for a few days every year and, prey upon them for the rest of the time?
What is, then, the message to be given to our women and girls? That they hone up their acting skills AND knowledge of supernatural world in order to become a ‘daayan’ to save themselves from unwanted attention?
And no! This is not rhetoric. These questions are real and demand answers from us, as individuals, as neighbours, as a community, as a society and as a nation. A day, at least ONE day to begin with, has to dawn when our women and girls feel REALLY SAFE… let their hair down and live a life.
As for the 17-year old teenager, just a few words – Way to go, girl! Kudos!