Safety of women in India has been a concern for decades. The situation is grim and only seems to be getting worse. Crimes against women are on the rise with no end in sight. With no help coming their way from authorities, women have resorted to defending themselves against their perpetrators. But how many women are trained in self defence or get help from bystanders in sticky and dangerous situations?
Harassed for months, a group of schoolgirls and women fought back on Tuesday. They dragged four of their hecklers to Jagaddal police station in Kolkata. The accused are students of a private Ayurvedic college and hospital, reported India Times. The four suspects, who stayed in a rented place in Kakinara Rathtala, were in the habit of teasing local girls on a regular basis. They particularly targeted schoolgirls and made obscene gestures at them, says the complaint.
On Tuesday – like any other day – as they were making indecent gestures at three students, the girls felt that enough is enough and to decided to fight back. Enraged at being challenged, the men allegedly threatened the girls. This, however, triggered an all-out counterattack by numerous women living in the locality, as the group of women started beating the harassers. The women dragged the four harassers to the local police station. Cops identified the accused as Rohan Hossain from Ratua in Malda, Suresh Bhuniya from Khanakul in Hooghly, Dipak Singh from Patna and Biplab Deb from Tripura. They have been charged with molestation and were produced in court on Wednesday.
Recently, Think Change India published an article on how a woman passenger in Kolkata was threatened by an Uber cab driver. She defended herself as she was trained in Karate.