When it comes to sexual harassment, there is practically no mode of transport that can be considered safe in India. And if you think flights are an exception to the rule, you need to watch the video above to dispel yourself of any such notion.
In the video, which was uploaded by a YouTube user Shreyas Rao, a man molested a girl who was sitting ahead of him in the flight. However the girl was in no mood to be silent and recorded the whole incident and berated him. The video was taken during an Indigo flight to Bhubaneswar, which had just landed and according to the YouTube description, the accused is now in police custody.
According to the description put forward by Shreyas, the video was forwarded to him by the girl who sent along this description:
" This man on the seat behind mine, put his fingers in the seat gap to touch me!!! I was very shocked for sometime to react. By then the flight went to landing mode. Then the moment flight touched down, i got up. Saw his hand was again on the side ready to take up any opportunity to touch me!!! I created such a scene, humiliated him in front of the whole flight! He thought like usual girls will keep quiet and he can get away with this! I have lodged an FIR now! He is a very rich man of bhubaneswar and is now very humiliated in front of the people who know him. Cant believe the ordeal i had to go thru but being silent is a crime! The police officer was very helpful and the Indigo staff remained with me throughout. The man is under police custody currently.
I clicked his pictures and made videos, shouted so loud that the entire plane came forward to see him! i made sure i humiliate him as much as possible because i know law will do nothing'"
It's not yet confirmed who this man is in the video. If you look at the video you can hear the man telling her he's sorry, but she's not buying it.
The girl tells him, "You're asking for forgiveness. Why? Because I'm a girl. What forgiveness are you asking for? Did you do it only once, was it a mistake?" When the girl told him that she will file a complaint against the man says, "I'm sorry about it, please forget it," the girl tells him she'll stand for none of that.
She also says that such men tend to repeat these kind of acts because no one ever complains and that she chose to humiliate him. "You thought you could do it again. You thought I won't say anything. Saari sharam ka theka to hum ladkiyon ne le rakha, aap logon ko besharami karne ka right hai. (We girls have to carry the burden of shame, while you have the right to shameless acts)," she tells him.
What is not-at-all surprising or shocking is that no one on the flight bothers to call either the flight staff or the attendants or even ask the man accused of the act to move ahead. Despite the fact that the girl created a big scene in the flight, no one felt the need to come to her aid or rescue.
If it was an accidental touch, which of course can happen, the first reaction that most people have is to apologise to the person, which is good enough. Given that in this case, he didn't apologise and was ready to touch the victim again in an inappropriate manner, the whole 'sorry' d doesn't really stand.
When it comes to sexual harassment of this kind, the girl is right in pointing out that it takes time for most victims to react (no matter how small or big the act) and even accept what really happened.
But as she showed with her video, women should not be afraid of tackling their harassers. After all shame isn't the woman's burden to carry.
Updated Date: Feb 03, 2015 08:39:57 IST