Women are often lead to believe they are the ‘weaker sex’ and since it is a man’s world, they have to wade their way through it with proper rules and disposition set for them. Every woman, at least once in their life, has been catcalled, harassed or groped by their male counterparts and are led to believe that it’s their fault. They are taught to live in guilt, be discreet about their harassment, and accept it as their fate. But the times are changing, and women are raising their voices loud and clear on sexual harassment. This story of Rashmi Shetty is a proof of that.
Rashmi Shetty, 22, was followed by a man in broad daylight amidst the hustle bustle of busy Mangalore streets. Rashmi voiced against this incident and wrote in a viral Facebook post, “KA 19 EU 0932, You thought I’d be scared, didn’t you? You thought I’d be ashamed, didn’t you?” and explained details about this outrageous act.
Rashmi, who is pursuing MA in Buddhist Studies, Philosophy and Comparative Religions in Bihar, says this is not the first time she has undergone such experience but this time she chose to not get scared and retaliate back with her viral Facebook post which has garnered more than 1.7k reactions in just two days. She says,
You think you can halt a million times ahead of me and honk at me while I cross you as you take a good fucking look at my butt? And that would embarrass me enough to cry at my fate of being a woman in this country, this generation, this world?
Rashmi also points out people’s perception about the harassment of girls. While most showcase an ‘ignorant’ attitude others go ahead and find faults in the woman. In this country, there are still people who wouldn’t side with the girl because they blatantly accept the man’s dominance. She writes,
So confident that if I asked for help if never be able to prove your fault? And that people wouldn’t take my side or take me seriously? Well, guess what? I take my side. These streets are as much mine as they are of undeserving assholes like you. You or a hundred like you will not scare me into staying home and not being free
She also pinned the photos of his vehicle’s number plate and the registration details of the vehicle. Rashmi gives a powerful message to all men who think they can do anything under the veil of anonymity. WOMEN WILL FIGHT BACK.
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