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  1. no IS, I’m a woman too… and one that’s got pushed and jabbed and poked and rubbed up against too. Both, in Delhi and Bombay.

    You don’t have to be violent to define the sanctity of your space, and YES, it’s tough to keep fighting the urge to give in.

    At the risk of being labelled paranoid, I think it’s worth the fight to tell any intrusive man off – politely, sarcastically, without losing your cool, EACH TIME.

    Of course there are situations and situations.. times when you just have to swallow it.

    But the shame should not, never, ever be yours.

  2. I cannot understand this…

    trying to be eloquent about stupidity.

    what is so poetic about keeping your jaw clamped about it?

    why the silence?

    why would you let a conductor feel you up and not say a word? what? do you think it’s some sort of twisted ode to your appearance?

    Which bring me to this — sexual abuse, harrassment, assualt has nothing to do with being ‘attractive’. It has everything to do with being ‘weak’, or rather, being made to feel weak. physically, economically, politically. In every way. watch how men will sport with a weaker man too.

    Which is why i don’t understand the silence.

    I cannot appreciate this drivel. it’s upsetting. you have a way with words, but your responses… they need a rethink.

    you want to be cynical about the way they [ma, pa, boyfriend] protect you, yet you are incapable of doing anything for yourself.

  3. One has to give back, give back nice and good. Either scream, or pinch the hand that paws. Kicking with heels is also effective. I used the elbow to dig in to the offender, and the fierce eye contact while mouthing Gaali , and felt successful!

  4. Hey Idea, this is something that makes me want to stangle these pervs and sickos. And sometimes I wish they’d know how it feels when they see one of their kith suffering due to it.

    Very moving, yes.

  5. this sort of behaviour is despicable and disgusting…how sexually frustrated does one have to be to resort to it?

  6. brilliant. vintage IS ..

    its amazin how many women have gone thru this, been repulsed by it..and yet..it still goes on..

    men need to respect women. it took a woman to make a man, after all. And for those with any doubts Im a full fledged testosterone driven alpha male!

  7. Hey,
    First time on ur blog and loved the post!
    Short an bang on!
    Guess thats what kills us all the time -our inability to shout out aloud, to go above the so called ’embarresment’ of it all and ensure that it never happens to anyone ever again!

  8. sometimes we cant decide…. whether these are the good times or bad… has the world become safer or more dangerous

  9. Hate to agree with Arthur Quiller Couch on anything but, apparently, this is the third time in as many days…or some such thing. Anyway, like he said, this issue does make me mad too. This is getting a bit repetitive now b’cos I’m doing this for the fourth time today, but, as far as I’m concerned, the bigger offender here is anyone who looks on while all this happens as blatantly as it does. There’s only one way to put an end to all this nonsense – everyone must get involved…and not just when it happens to someone we’re with or around.

  10. I posted about this issue once and I still managed to get a lot of nasty comments from some anonymous.

  11. This issue makes me mad. Pity the world is the way it is.
    Your Kathakali mask is very nice.
    And yoga is best done at home.