Woman Takes On Male Attacker Alone And Drags Him To Police Station
The recent #WhoWillYouHelp campaign has perhaps never been more relevant.
The public service announcement, released by the Canadian government a few weeks ago, calls for witnesses of criminal activity to step in and intervene in instances of sexual harassment and assault.
You'd think anyone would help a victim given the chance, but a recent assault in India reveals, unfortunately, such is not the case.
Pradnya Mandhare was waiting for the train in Mumbai one afternoon when a drunk male approached her and began to grope her.
At first, the 20-year-old student was "shocked" the man had the audacity to assault her in front of dozens of onlookers. She soon realized, however, not one of the onlookers was going to come to her rescue.
I [tried] to get away from him, but he grabbed me… The only thing to do, because nobody else was doing anything, was to hit him, and so I belted him with my bag.
The attacker tried to hit her back but was evidently too drunk to do so.
Instead of fleeing, Mandhare says,
I was determined not to let him get away. I know that women don't like to complain to the police, but I was determined to make sure he was punished.
And she did: Mandhare pulled the man, by his hair, to a nearby police station, where he was later identified as 25-year-old Chavan Chowdee and arrested.
It's important to note, in India, the police are often notoriously unhelpful.
Most women are scared of approaching the police as filing a complaint is a lengthy process... It involves giving a lot of statements and sometimes dealing with uncooperative officers.”
Still, she insists,
Every woman should fight back in such cases and they should not keep quiet... Women are not objects for anyone to touch at will.