She needed a hero, so that’s what she became!
Gone are the days when women used to cry for help after getting in some trouble. With changing time, women are also changing and they have learned the art of keeping themselves safe. In past few months, many women have emerged as a hero who took action against the crime and taught the criminal the best ever lesson. Something similar happened in Goa when a pervert tried harassing and molesting a girl. Subhashani, a resident of Goa, shared an incident on Facebook about a creep who tried molesting her. But what she did next is something he would never have expected!
Here’s what she wrote:
“Beware of this guy. I can still feel his hand, it hurts on my right breast and my right arm hurts but that I don’t mind because I really gave it back to him.
At around 9:15 pm last night, me and a friend were walking from Oshoanic towards Sea Horse. Quite close to the shoreline as we just about crossed Laughing Buddha, I noticed 3 men heading our way and they were acting funny. From my experience, I already knew what might happen and so I just pulled my friend slightly out of the way. 2 of the guys quickly changed path and as they came next to me, one of them brushed his hand against my thigh, quickly grabbed my right butt and as I turned he grabbed my breast and started running.
Within seconds I started running after him. His friends abandoned him and ran towards the parking lot while he kept running on the beach. I was a bit slow as I had a heavy bag with me but my eyes were locked on him and I was shouting both in English and Hindi for people to stop him. He decided to mix amongst people and sat on the beach pretending to enjoy the waves. As he saw me approach him, he knew that I recognize him, he started running again. I was running and shouting to people to stop him. A few fishermen and people on the beach ran and got hold of him. We caught him near Pacha.
Yes, I beat him up and so did the others. He said he’s from Karnataka. As I slapped and punched him, he started apologizing and had the nerve to call me sister. That made me cringe even more and I used my knee twice and punched a few times on his penis and balls. He was hurting. My friend took his picture. One of his excuses was that he was drunk. But no, he was not drunk and for me, that is no excuse. The locals also hit him and told him that he made a mistake by doing this in Arambol.
Later I met another lady who saw the picture of this man and she said that the same guy misbehaved with her on Holi. I am happy for what I did. I have a sore arm, lost one of my contact lenses. I don’t enjoy hitting people as I have done that enough in Delhi so I avoid but sometimes it’s the only way. And please do not ask me to let go and forgive. In that moment all the times that I have experienced sexual abuse in my life came back and I could feel all the hands on my body at the same time. Men like him are giving a bad name to the men in my country. This is not Indian culture, for that matter, it shouldn’t be any culture. Ladies, start raising an alarm, don’t be scared to call out such men.”
It takes a lot of courage to do what Shubashani did. But, it will surely help a girl to save her dignity and life. With growing cases of molestation, harassment, eve-teasing, and rapes, it has become important for women to learn self-defense techniques and become their own hero.