I am a hotel management student in Navi Mumbai and require to visit five-star hotels for practicals. Early morning, I boarded the suburban local train and chose to travel in the ladies first class compartment so the attire I was carrying along stayed intact. It was a little after 6, when a man jumped into the compartment and seeing me alone he lunged at me and groped me.
I was simply in shock and dumbstruck, I could not even shout out. Then, in desperation I managed to shout out for help. As passengers from the adjacent compartment noticed what had happened and began to make a noise, the man darted out as we got into Seawoods station. It took quite some time for me to calm down again. But some of the other passengers pointed out that this happened often and that it appeared to be the same man who was harassing women regularly. I am so fearful when I think that this man is lurking around and could attack any woman again.
How long are we going to allow women to worry about their safety, moving about in fear of an attack at anytime? Thank you for giving us an opportunity to describe what we have to undergo.
But nobody really bothered about these incidents of molestation, eve teasing and other harassment that is happening daily, till the gang-rape case in Delhi. And we have been scared to tell our sufferings to others, because society commonly judges us by the way we look and by the clothes we wear.