While most women decide against speaking up because of the lengthy process of filing an FIR and because shame is heaped not on the perpetrator, but on the victim herself, Pradnya Mandhare did not let any of this prevent her from dragging her druggie molester by the hair to a police station.A brave Indian girl attacked by a drunk man in broad daylight was left speechless when none of the 50 people who were watching did anything to help.
“When I was waiting at the platform for another train, this visibly drunk person came to me and touched me inappropriately. When I tried to avoid him, he grabbed me. I was shocked for a couple of seconds, but then I started hitting him with my bag.
The 20-year-old was stunned by the attack because it happened at a train station at around 2.30pm in front of dozens of onlookers and, she was convinced that some of the people walking past would step in to help, but nobody did. ‘He tried to hit me back and he really, stunk of alcohol, but I was determined not to let him get away with it. I know that women don’t like to complain to the police , I was determined to make sure he was punished.’
People stopped to stare, but no one bothered to even ask what was going on. Since the man was filthy, I found it difficult to even touch him. I caught him by his hair and dragged him to the Government Railway Police (GRP) chowkie,” she said. “Dragging him by the hair and walking was tough, because he was trying to escape and I was afraid he would attack me. He kept telling me not to drag him along and that he would come with me on his own, but I did not let go. I finally managed to hand him over to the police.”