Mumbai — A girl student has been hailed as a heroine for standing up to a man molesting her at a train station in the middle of the day, and dragging him by the hair to the police – while dozens of people did nothing to help.
Pradnya Mandhare, 20, was travelling home after a day of classes at Sathaye College, in the Mumbai suburb of Vile Parle, when she was approached by an obviously drunken man.
“This visibly drunk person came to me and touched me inappropriately,” she said. “When I tried to avoid him, he grabbed me. I was shocked for a couple of seconds, but then I started hitting him with my bag.
“He was trying to hit me, but I could overpower him because he was stinking of alcohol and I could make out that he was drunk.”
Kandivli station was crowded with people, but Mandhare’s fellow travelers did not move to help her, reported The Sydney Morning Herald.
“No one came forward to help,” said the media student. “People stopped to stare, but no one bothered to even ask what was going on.
“Since the man was filthy, I found it difficult to even touch him. I caught him by his hair and dragged him to the government railway police.”
She said that hauling him to the police was difficult, but still no one came to her aid.
“Dragging him by the hair and walking was tough, because he was trying to escape and I was afraid he would attack me.
“He kept telling me not to drag him along and that he would come with me on his own, but I did not let go. I finally managed to hand him over to the police.”
She told a local newspaper that most women are scared of approaching the police, because filing a complaint is a lengthy process and the police, she said, can be “uncooperative”.
A policeman from the Borivli GRP said: “We have arrested the accused, Chavan (25), who is a drug addict and was also drunk when the incident took place. We conducted a medical test of the accused and he will be produced in court. We are verifying whether he has a previous criminal record.”
And Miss Mandhare said that other women should not be afraid to come forward and denounce such attacks.
“Every woman should fight back in such cases and they should not keep quiet. I am grateful that the police also helped me and arrested the accused. I also asked the police officers to teach the accused a lesson so that he would not dare to molest a woman ever again.
“Parents of girls also think that going to a police station would tarnish their daughter’s reputation.
“But, women should raise their voice and teach such people a lesson. Women are not objects for anyone to touch at will.”