Mumbai shocker: Man masturbates at woman in train; helpline treats it as joke
Pooja Nair posted an image of the pervert along with her post on Facebook
A 22-year-old student underwent a humiliating experiance on board a train from Borivli to Dadar, when a man from the handicapped compartment hurled abuses and even began masturbating at her. The girl, Pooja Nair, later posted her ordeal on Facebook.
According to Indian Express, in her Facebook post, Pooja stated that she was travelling in the women's compartment, which was occupied by 6 other passengers. A man from the handicapped section began hurling abuses towards the woman seated next to her. Both she and her co-passengers were wearing headphones so they initially ignored him.
When her curiosity was piqued, she lowered the volume of her headphones and heard him using abusive language. When she made eye contact with him, he turned his attention towards her and starting going on an abusive rant. She initally felt he was mentally challenged, but he would do something shocking next.
The man began to unzip his pants and proceeded to masturbate while looking at her. It was then at this point that she decided to call the police helpline.
To her chagrin, the helpline operator refused to aid her in anyway and only laughed at her predicament and disconnected the call. Pooja was shocked at such callousness. After the train reached Kandivli, the man got down and approached the ladies compartment but was immediately shooed away after the woman present began yelling.
He then approached Pooja and threatened her with rape before walking away.
The girl's post has gotten her an outpouring of support on social media.
2 Female staff has been deployed at Security help line for makng female complainants comfortable to express their grievances @IndianExpress— Western Railway (@WesternRly) July 10, 2017
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu tweeted the following after asked about safety measures on Twitter, after this incident: "2 Female staff has been deployed at Security help line for makng female complainants comfortable to express their grievances." (View his tweet above)
Train from Borivali to Dadar
3.38 pm that was delayed. Picture taken at 4.09 pm
I'm sitting in the train, going back home after meeting friends who live in Borivali. I'm in the ladies compartment, there are about 6 other women. I'm sitting on the side that can see the handicapped section of the train, but with railings in between. On my left, there is another girl. We both are listening to music. In the handicapped section is a man. I'm looking at my phone and I see him waving at the girl through the railing. He's put his hands through and has reached half the distance to the girl's face. I cannot hear him, I'm wearing headphones.
I reduce the music, out of curiosity and also to see whether she needs help, I do not turn. Looking down at my phone, I hear him calling her m*******d. I heard it atleast 6 times in the 30 seconds I listened. I looked at him, our eyes met and I looked down again.
There are many mentally challenged people who travel on the train regularly and I'm used to many of them cursing, so I thought him to be one of them and let it go.
The split second where our eyes locked, he took the chance to come to me. He came to my side of the compartment and put his hands through just like he had done before.
He called me the same, another 6-10 times.
I looked up, and just kept looking at him for 20 seconds. Thinking of what I should do.
Meanwhile, he puts his hand down, whips out his penis and grins at me, he starts masturbating. For those who know me also know that I have seen this too many times. Maybe that prepared me to do what I tried next. I was rational, calm.
And I asked the other women to tell me the police helpline and also yelled that this man was showing me his privates.
They gave me the helpline. I had just run out of credit in the morning, so the girl he was waving at first gave me the phone. I called up the helpline.
The next paragraph is a summary of that conversation:
I told the person on the line all the details. The train was just approaching Kandivli. Which compartment, what time. All of it.
Then I told him that this person had also called us what he did. And then the person on the helpline laughed. He found it funny.
I asked him whether they'd pick this person up at Kandivli.
He cut the call.
I'm not sure what happened. When Kandivli came, the man got out of the compartment and started walking towards the doors of the ladies compartment. 6 women who could easily take him down, started yelling. I stood up and walked towards the door. He told me he would rape me. I told him to do it. (I only did so because I knew he wouldn't and because the time permitted me , so did the space.)
1. Our helplines. Do they really help? Or is equality for women just a trend for marketing and PR?
2. Rape is supposed to scare me. Stop being scared by it. Stop making it a big deal. Somewhere there, it will stop.
Don't take me wrong.
Rape IS a big deal. But physically, mentally for the pain it causes. not because the honor of this society lies in my vagina. Not because I will be SCARED by the prospect because my life will be ruined.
I once even called a suicide helpline that didn't pick up. The irony.
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