Sexual harassment against women on public transport or in public places continues to happen in the national capital city, Delhi. In one of the latest of such incidents, a Delhi University student has filmed a man masturbating right next to her on a crowded Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) bus, the video of which was posted on the social media by her.
In the video, a middle-aged man is seen exposing and fondling himself with a bag shielding his depravity from all except the young woman sitting next to him.
The outrageous incident took place on February 7 when the bus was in the Vasant Vihar area in South Delhi.
“I felt the man next to me do something and touch my waist with his elbow. It felt a bit weird so I decided to record on my phone. He was masturbating,” the student reportedly told NDTV. The woman has alleged that the man also tried to touch her.
What is shocking to learn is that no one in the bus reacted to the incident. The man was reportedly said to be unfazed even when he was shouted at, perhaps he must have emboldened by the lack of response from other passengers in the bus.
“I raised an alarm and shouted at him too. No one in the bus said a word. He retorted saying I should get out if I have a problem,” she said.
That’s not the end of her disturbing experience she faced in the national capital city.
She went to the police station three days later to file a complaint for sexual harassment and public obscenity. Shockingly, adding layers to her disturbing experience, the police allegedly made her wait for nearly seven hours to record her complaint.
“They asked me why I didn’t come earlier. On the bus I felt disgusted and traumatized and then again at the police station. Why is it this tough for girls to come out and complain?”, the woman lamented.
Meanwhile, the man, clearly seen in the video clip, is yet to be arrested despite almost a week after the incident. The incident has once again reinforced questions surrounding the safety of women in the capital city. Despite an assurance by Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal a few years ago, there were no marshals in the bus and no CCTV either still.
You can watch the video here (Sensitive content)
When will the men in this country learn to stop doing this kind of disgusting thing?