Can we ever find a place as safe as our home? Can we ever confidently walk back home without worrying about someone constantly staring or following us down?
Yet another shocking harassment incident involving two teenage victims from Mumbai served as a cold reminder that women are vulnerable everywhere. The perpetrator, in this case, is a 20-year-old man, Pintukumar Mahtu, who was arrested for allegedly clicking objectionable pictures of the two girls at the Gateway Of India, Colaba, on November 10.
The police have registered a case against Mahtu at Colaba police station for outraging a woman’s modesty. He is now in the police custody.
The incident occurred when the girl was taking a stroll by the Gateway of India along with a friend. While sitting on the parapet, she noticed two men staring at her and jeering. She understood that one of them was clicking her pictures on his cellphone.
A police official said that when the teenager confronted the accused taking pictures, he pretended that he and his friend were taking selfies. The girl snatched the phone from Mahtu and, on checking the gallery, found close-up pictures of her body. The brave girl immediately called up the police to report the matter.
The teenager’s alertness, the presence of mind and the luxury to confront the man in this incident just indicate one thing – there’s always something that can be done. Always.
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