You go girl!
I was on my evening walk somewhere in the neighborhood of RMV 2nd stage extension. I was earlier than usual, and didn’t see the regulars that I usually do. Instead, there was a whole other group of people who also seemed like regulars, and busy with their walks. One of them was a woman in her late thirties. Dressed in comfortable pants and t-shirt, she seemed serious about her walking. She was a few steps behind me, and as I turned into this nice street filled with flaming Gulmohar trees, I sensed her turn into the same street as well. And then, a couple of seconds later, I heard her ask a man in his late 40s, why he stared at all the women all the time. In her own words, “Why do you keep staring at all of us women? What is your problem? Tell me, what is your problem?’ Now obviously, never having expected to be taken to task, this man had nothing to say in his defense. I heard him fumble for words. She went on to tell him that she was going to complain to the police if he was not going to mend his ways. From what I gathered, he sits in a particular spot every evening and stares at all the women walkers making them quite uncomfortable. Nice, huh! He looks like a typical neighborhood “uncle”. I hope her threatening helps. Lets see. I didn’t get a chance to talk to her today, but do plan to go for my walk same time tomorrow to see if there has been any change in the situation!
Editing and adding a few more points:
The lady seemed agitated at this particular guy and I have a feeling that it was more than just the staring. Just from the tone of the scene. I doubt if she was going to go around bashing guys just for looking. Now, obviously without the looking, there would be no charm right? Since, she wouldn’t have been comfortable using any other word in public, she probably just chose a milder word, or that’s how it seemed to me. And, “staring” at every woman passing by and sitting exclusively to do just that is, to put it mildly, very crude. And from what I got out of the scene is that the lady has let it go for a while, and when she realised that there has to be some reprimanding done, she went ahead and did just that.
Now, aren’t these the kind of men we should be decreeing our fatwa on, instead of targeting women with our bans? On the same note, I am terribly glad that the ban on night shifts for women has been withdrawn.
All I have to say to the protagonist in my story is, ‘YAY! You go girl!’