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Never I had thought that this would happen to me or never I was told that this happens to almost everybody.
Neither I knew how to react nor I was told by anyone as how to react.
Little me was left to draw conclusions on my own and create boundaries by myself.
But I wanted to BREAK MY SILENCE!
It was a time for family vacation. Bags packed, camera check, and we were all set for Srinagar.

But what our water bottle got emptied at the station. My mom asked me to go and fill that up from the water cooler.
While I was filling it up, a guy who must around 16-18 years in age was also there and the very next moment he made an extremely disgusting gesture which I can’t forget till date.

He gave a flying kiss and some lip movement which left me in shock, disgust and anger. I did not know how should I respond but all I felt was very bad and shameful. I now think that I should have slapped him then.

It was not just once. My personal space was violated twice and thrice. Once I was coming back from my tuition at around 6:30pm and a guy of around 20 years came on activa and passed a lewd comment.
Once I was waiting at a bus stop and when I boarded the bus a guy from behind touched me in a very bad manner.

I don’t understand that am I supposed to be chill about it that anyone can come and touch me the way they want or say anything?
Answer is an obvious NO. But why don’t we talk about it or why we are not taught as how to respond to these situations.

I feel light when I share this and I wish it inspires thousands of me who don’t know what to do and who don’t know whom to speak to.


*Name has been changed on request.

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