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Gender woman

Was: a victim
City: Hyderabad
Was wearing picSalwar Kameez/Chudithar (without Dupatta)
Reaction: Reacted (yelling, complaining, slapping, fighting back)

Incident was : One time

Perpetrator was a Stranger and aged 20-30

Almost a year ago, one afternoon, I was walking down a pretty big main road in Banjara Hills. Now if you have lived in Hyderabad or visited, you will think that this area is far from being shady or rowdy. Some goon on a motor bike saw me from the other side of the road and hooted. I glared at him and continued walking. I was walking against the traffic.

He turned around, driving opposite to the traffic, quickly groped me and sped away. All this happened in a matter of seconds. Another man walking in the opposite direction saw this guy coming, saw the entire episode. As I riled up, pulled by chappal out to retaliate, and hurled abuses, the guy on the motor bike leered and was soon out of reach.

My eyes met with the other man’s on the road who saw the entire thing. He did not react in any way. Not a flicker on his face. Weirdly, *I* was embarrassed after our eyes met. For a few

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days, I thought hard about this feeling and the entire incident. (btw, for the curious mind) I was wearing a salwar-kameez (not like THAT should matter).

Would the man have walked away without any reaction had I tripped and fell? Isn’t this incident a great violation of privacy, a bigger pain than a physical bruise? How can someone be so callous?

I was embarrassed that he probably saw me with a glimmer of ‘you brought it on yourself’. I pitied him for that.

It all starts with *indifference*. Perhaps, to an extent it is protecting yourself from any harm (like a fight with the perpetrator). As long as we don’t stand against such

incidents that occur, even to strangers, we will never move forward as a society.

People are indifferent when there is an ambulance on the road, they would rather race beside it, using the area it clears up, than halt. There is a thin line between being selfish and being inhumane. See it.

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