Hautetalk: MP Woman Groped, Assaulted In Public In Broad Daylight While People Watched And Recorded. Please Try And Defend This, Rape Apologists.
I remember that as a teenage girl, I really wanted to attend a full-blown Ganpati Visarjan. Dancing like no one is watching to desi beats with your friends, what else could a 14-year-old want? But my daydream was shattered when my father didn’t allow me to attend the neighbourhood visarjan. As a child, I didn’t fully grasp what his problem was with me attending an event all my friends were in; but I understand as an adult. As much as we like to say that women and girls are safe in broad daylight and public places, that is usually not the case. Girls in our country are not safe even in public places and in broad daylight, I understand why my father felt uncomfortable sending his young daughter to a visarjan with no adults. If you think I am exaggerating, you’ll be interested in hearing this news from Madhya Pradesh’s Alirajpur district where a woman was groped by a group of men in broad daylight in a week-long tribal festival celebrated before Holi.
#MadhyaPradesh: A #video of a girl being sexually harassed by a group of youths has gone #viral on social media. The video was recorded during #Bhagoria festival- one of the biggest annual events of tribal dominated district Alirajpur in MP. Police have registered a case. pic.twitter.com/jdUDQdnFvy
— Free Press Journal (@fpjindia) March 13, 2022
A video went viral recently of a woman being publicly groped and molested in Madhya Pradesh’s Alirajpur district during a traditional tribal festival while many men could be seen recording the incident happening. This is what I mean when I say that girls aren’t safe in broad daylight and/or public places. Because when women are molested or even raped, all bystanders do is either ignore the incident happening or record it.
Like, make it sense to me. As a woman, standing by and doing nothing while recording the heinous incident isn’t even on my top 5 things to do. Heck! Not even top 10! Like, how are people just okay with blatantly ignoring a person’s cry for help, moreover just recording it and uploading it onto social media. Where do we as a society even get off? Women are just blatantly being sexually assaulted while we just stand around twiddling our thumbs on our cellphones.
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The accused are from the Dhar and Barwani districts. According to sources, 3 tribal men have been arrested under sections 34 (a) (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) and 354 (a) (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) of the Indian Penal Code. I will give credit to the law enforcement in this case who have taken it seriously and are trying to get to the bottom of it. SP Manoj Kumar Singh told The Indian Express, “We learnt of the incident on Saturday afternoon after the video went viral. So far no one has come forward to coMPlain, but taking cognisance of the incident, we have identified the person who filmed the video and are in the process of catching hold of the men who groped the woman.” According to latest reports, 15 people, including the prime suspect, have been held by the police in connection to the shameful molestation case.
While we give the police their much-deserved credit, we need to ask what we as common people are even doing. From ignoring domestic violence because it is “personal and inside closed doors” to standing and recording a woman being attacked publicly, we have done it all. So at this point, the question begs to be asked: has it always been about “respecting” a family’s privacy when you look the other way or is it the raw and hard-hitting fact that women, their safety, respect and consent means nothing to you?