Woman dragged molester by the hair to police station as nobody would help
An Indian student is being celebrated as a heroine for standing up to a man molesting her at a train station in the middle of the day, and dragging him by the hair to the police – while dozens of people did nothing to help.
Pradnya Mandhare (20) was travelling home after a day of classes at Sathaye College, in the Mumbai suburb of Vile Parle, when she was approached by an obviously drunken man.
“This visibly drunk person came to me and touched me inappropriately,” she said. “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.
“He was trying to hit me, but I could overpower him because he was stinking of alcohol and I could make out that he was drunk.”
The train station was crowded with people, but Miss Mandhare’s fellow travellers did not move to help.
“People stopped to stare, but no one bothered to even ask what was going on,” said the media student.
“Since the man was filthy, I found it difficult to even touch him. I caught him by his hair and dragged him to the railway police.”
She said that hauling him to the police was difficult, but still no one came to her aid.
“Dragging him by the hair and walking was tough, because he was trying to escape.
“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.”
She told a local newspaper that most women are scared of approaching the police, because filing a complaint is a lengthy process and the police, she said, can be “uncooperative”.
“We have arrested the accused, who is a drug addict and was also drunk when the incident took place,” a police spokesman said.
Miss Mandhare has called on other women not to be afraid to come forward and denounce such attacks.
“Every woman should fight back in such cases and they should not keep quiet.”