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When I hear people talking about how times have changed and it’s safer for women out there in the streets, I let out a laugh. Yes, it is 2019 and only ‘time’ has changed because the streets are still filled with sexual predators than it was a decade back, waiting for women to flash at.
A woman from Mumbai recently took on social media to narrate an outrageous incident of sexual harassment. Taking on Instagram, she wrote how she was coming back home from a gig and stopped at an ATM near her home where the incident took place.
“I enter the ATM and I’m frustrated when the machine won’t dispense money. This is the first time when the man enters the ATM and asks if I need help or want him to pay for the ride. I politely decline saying that I’ll manage. Once I exit the ATM, I get into an argument with the rickshaw guy with regards to how I’ll be paying him the fare. This is when a cop car pulls up and I explain my situation to them.”
However, after talking to the police, she decided to give the ATM another shot.
“I’m once again at the ATM trying to withdraw money. And the man enters the ATM once again. But this time, he moves in closer and touches my shoulder and thigh, again asking if I need help. I instantly back off and yell at him to stay away from me and that I don’t need his help. I go back to trying to withdraw money again, and he’s still there. When I hear him, he’s calling out to me and blatantly asking me to look at his hard dick that he had pulled out of his denim’s zipper area. I quietly start my video recorder and turn the camera right at him.”
After being confronted by her, it was then that the man fled from the spot. She was quick enough to show the video to the police outside, prompting them to take action. Later that night she posted the video of Twitter.
It's 3 am when I'm typing this. A man just flashed me his dick in a fucking ATM! I had gotten down to withdraw money to pay the Rick and was I was facing problems and this guy offered to pay for it but he kept touching me, inside the ATM! I decided to record him and he… pic.twitter.com/XDlX25iUub
— ☆SHIBANI☆ (@shibxni) May 12, 2019
This stirred a massive outrage amongst people on social media who made sure the post went viral quickly. Later she posted an update on the incident notifying everyone how the man has been caught by Mumbai Police and an FIR is now lodged against him.
Update: He has been caught and an FIR has been filed against him. Thank you everyone for such kind words and support. And thank you @MumbaiPolice for taking immediate action. 🙂
I really hope no one ever has to feel unsafe in a place they call home.
— ☆SHIBANI☆ (@shibxni) May 12, 2019
Netizens lauded her courage and quick thinking for taking a video of the incident which led the man to get caught. However, it’s concerning how sexual harassment has become so common that predators don’t ever fear CCTV cameras installed inside ATMs!
I appreciate your guts and courage to record 👏
He should be punished for disgusting behaviour under
Thanks for being brave and bringing this to social media.
— ☯ (@TravelHunk94) May 12, 2019
Pat on your back for your guts and taking action. I feel sorry for this horrifying experience you had. Love to you!
— Riya 👓 (@gulabiglares) May 12, 2019
I was harassed by a man, so I ran out of such an incident and I know how much courage is needed. You are brave. It is a good example to all men and women, who are harassed by such harmone driven brats.
— Pranav Jungade (@PranavJungade) May 12, 2019
When you do find out his name, make it public. Let’s ensure he won’t ever forget this day. Sorry that you went through this. It’s incidents like this that make me think all women should carry weapons.
— Mona Ambegaonkar (@MonaAmbegaonkar) May 12, 2019
Glad u nailed him on video and well done @MumbaiPolice on nabbing him asap
— atul kasbekar (@atulkasbekar) May 13, 2019
You are one brave girl, Shibani. And so sorry you had to go through something so awful on your birthday, it was really sick. But because of your courage and presence of mind, the accused has been caught. We need more people like you around us to inspire us.
— Incognito_River (@Incognito_River) May 13, 2019
Are we this sick as a society .???? Where are we heading towards…?? Can't believe what I just saw..this is beyond imagination. People like him should be paraded naked in entire city .!!!!
— Valar Dohaeris..!!!! (@JhaMayuresh) May 12, 2019
Sickening and horrifying! Sorry you had such a bad experience! Very brave of you to record him and let the police know. Hope other women take inspiration from your action. Stay safe and stay blessed
— Hazardous Sarcasm (@dhariyat007) May 12, 2019
Here’s taking an opportunity to address not just women, but people across all genders. If you ever face sexual harassment, remember that your safety is in your hands. Do not flinch from revolting against such shameful behaviour!