How many times have you girls, sitting in a crowded bus or train, felt an unfamiliar hand groping you?
And during how many of these instances, have you stood up and faced the violator?
Though there aren't anyone who can give an assertive while this report is being filed, it's a given that there is a high mismatch between the number of women who are subjected to these inappropriate behaviour and those who actually stand up to it.
And we are proud to say that Ruth Mathen, a Keralite based in Mumbai, belongs to the latter category – the ones who are not only ready to shame the violator but also to take him to task him for his indecent behaviour.
In a Facebook post, Ruth Mathen described the sequence of nightmarish events that happened on Wednesday, when she was returning from her office in Goregaon in Mumbai and a person sitting behind her seat groped her.
Though she was shocked at his behaviour, she stood up against him and questioned his indecent act. The person replied to her nonchalantly, clearly indicating that he was a repeat offender.
“He was staring at me with unblinking eyes, no shame, no guilt, no embarrassment – almost as if he was a repeat offender and was used to it,” she said in her FB post.
Some of the people in the bus supported her and the conductor said that the offender should be removed from the bus. Some even advised her to go ahead and slap him. But Ruth wasn't ready to let him go with just that; she said that he should be punished legally for his acts.
The bus was then taken to a police station. By now, the offender started feeling the heat of the situation and decided to make a run for it. Here too, Ruth stopped him from escaping and made him return to the seat. She also phoned her parents and asked them to join her parents.
The police case was filed and she would be called to court soon.
Along with narrating the incident, Ruth has also posted the photo of the offender, along with his name. Ruth ended her post with a passionate appeal for everyone – girl or boy – to stand up for their offenders.
Silence in this case is surely not a virtue!