How 2 women runners tackled a groper
India is going through its own #MeToo movement, with the naming and (theoretical) shaming of Bollywood personalities and politicians. I use the word “theoretical” advisedly, since in the case of a journalist-turned-politician M.J.Akbar, he is brazening it out, and our government remains steadfastly silent about the fact that their junior minister for External Affairs stands accused of sexual harassment.
Speaks volumes about the way India regards its women.
All of this is by way of introduction to the following story shared by my running friend, Shalini Verma.
For readers not familiar with the places Shalini mentions in her account, all you need to know is that this took place in Gurgaon, a bold, brash, brand new satellite town next to Delhi, where many of the biggest companies have their HQs and where there are glitzy towers blocks and malls galore and…read on, and you’ll see what else there is.
The other thing you might need to know is that ADHM refers to the big half marathon taking place in Delhi this Sunday.
And now, over to Shalini:
“As part of #ADHM training, my friend & I were doing a 3 hour run today. We started at 5am from Galleria and went till Mega Mall near Bristol Hotel.
When we were crossing the metro station, a white scooty crossed us from the wrong side and the driver touched my friend’s butt…and drove away.
We both were shocked and for few second did not know how to react.
Then we saw him crossing us from the service lane side.
We both decided to follow him. So we started running towards Mega Mall. After a few minutes we were not able to see his scooty. We thought he must have gone, so we turned and started running again.
But no…… he came back again and stopped at the Galleria turn…. after a few seconds, he took a right turn towards Galleria.
We both decided to catch hold of him, thinking that there are cops near Galleria market, so we might be able take their help.
But within a second he again turned back and started coming towards us …… by then we knew what we are going to do….. I was ready with my water bottle and she was ready with hers.
When he was about to cross us, we both ran towards him. He was not ready for this attack…. my friend pushed him towards the road dividers ….and he lost his balance. That’s when we caught hold of him and started slapping him left … right … centre.
I used my water bottle to hit hard on his face and head. Since he was on a scooty he managed to escape …
But we both felt nice….and then we went on and completed our run.”
Firstly, ewww that yet another woman was groped by some low life man.
Been there, sad to say, on several occasions.
Secondly – WELL DONE, ladies, for fighting back. Great reaction and brave of you to tackle him.
In my experience of being groped when I’ve been out running, no one, repeat no one, comes to your aid, not even the cops.
So you 2 handled this as well as you could.
So bad that this stuff happens. But then look at what is NOT happening with the #MeToo movement…