Mallige. 2003. Bangalore 100 ft. Road. CMH road

Those days I was not always on guard, hyper alert while walking on the street. Almost like this incident taught me a lesson- be weary of any stranger walking towards you- if you're not you just might be groped, assaulted. It's a shame really that all it is ME who has to be more careful and self protected rather than us really looking at the city- why can't the city be safer?


I was walking. I was on the phone. I can't remember who i was talking to. I noticed 2 men walking towards me and before I knew it one of them groped my left breast and walked off. I stood there silent and shocked. An unfamiliar voice came out of me- I screamed- STOP! I turned and walked faster towards him. He and his companion walked faster signaling that I was drunk and crazy. I walked faster and he ran faster. I ran to the auto rickshaw drivers asking them for help. They said " bhaag gaya" / "he ran away"


I came home and tore those clothes. I felt sick.


I hate that those 2 men have cautioned me against all men on the street. I hate that they make me mistrust others. I hate that the auto drivers did not help me.



  • jzee2013 3y

    I have seen and experienced similar stuff happen on Brigade Road -if you are wearing jeans, men will walk towards you and quickly move their arm over your thigh as if they've practiced well at it...they don't even turn back and look so for a second you are left wondering if you just mistook an innocent brush...but it's happened to me more than 5 times on the same road.

    Not wanting to bring religion in to this -but I have noticed that these people look like they are from Kashmir -speak in the language of that place and loiter on Brigade road -sitting on the iron railings kept there by the traffic police.
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Taken on March 19, 2009
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