Palakkad: A British woman who was harassed on a train between Coimbatore to Ernakulam has written to her tormentor to treat all women like his mother. The accused, a 43-year-old man from Erode, was sentenced to one-year rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs 1,000 by a Palakkad court on Saturday.
Jyothi from Veerappan Sathram was arrested by the railway police from the Palakkad Junction on December 28 after he misbehaved with the tourist on the Chennai-Thiruvananthapuram Super Fast. The woman was travelling to Ernakulam along with her friends.
In a letter to the police dated January 16, the woman said that she would not be attending the court on January 16 and said that such situations arose from the continuous inequality between men and women. She also addressed the “perpetrator” directly and asked the police to give the letter to him.
“As a visitor to such a beautiful country, rich in culture and with the majority of civilians being remarkably hospitable towards foreigners, the incident which occurred between you and I on the train saddened me greatly,” she wrote.
“Perhaps this dialogue from me to you might help you to learn from this incident that this type of disrespect towards women is unacceptable and must stop.
“Have you forgotten the womb you were born from. Your mother’s womb. The womb of a woman. Let that be a lesson to you to treat all women with the same care that your mother gave to you before she gave you a place on this earth.
“Since the incident, I have struggled to feel comfortable in a country I felt confident in before..... I believe that your behaviour on the train towards me was a result of a lack of education.... I do not believe that sending someone to prison is the answer to resolving a problem like this.”
The convict has not received the letter yet. Volunteers are trying to ensure that the contents of the letter reach the convict, said P Premnath, the secretary of ‘Vishwas’, an organization that works among people involved in criminal cases.