Srinagar| March 24: I have just completed my graduation in Journalism. Now I am preparing for an entrance examination for MA in Mass communication at Jamia Millia in Delhi. Three days ago on March (20) I had gone for a photo shoot at Ghat number 3 near Dargah Hazratbal on the banks of Dal Lake.
While I was busy adusting my DSLR camera in the best possible way , to get some good pictures. Five boys appeared at the scene. And the things went bad for me which I had never expected…”
“Yem korri chh aasi haavan DSLR camera, maii chh garri ze tirah padaa yethay kain”. (These girls are making a show off with DSLR cameras in their hands, I have four such cameras at my home which I don’t even use). First, I took it as a fun from them, but it followed with stupid remarks with one among the five boys even being vulgar.
I tried to ignore all this and kept focusing on my work. Before I could have been sexually harassed, I thought to move out of the place. Without losing further time, I left the place and headed towards my home at Zakura.
The boys followed me, passed indecent remarks like anything….”flying kiss… and what not”.
In such an awful situation, I mustered my courage. I tried to stop one among the boys but they managed to flee. All I wanted to ask them if the girl or woman who would tomorrow be part of their own life was teased like this way.
I made my mind to teach these boys a lesson as one among them was too vulgar who crossed all limits of decency.
I contacted Police station Nigeen. After a while DSP Sajad Malik along with his team came to spot. I narrated the ordeal to him. He started investigating the matter. Within a while, he got all the details of that boy from the nearby Shikara Walas and went directly to his home. His mother looked surprisingly at the police team and on questioning, she told them that her son was not at home.
The boy’s mother told me to forgive them. Respecting the sentiments of the old lady who wanted to end the incident by a mere “sorry”, I just asked her how would she react if I would have been her own daughter.
Within hours, police grabbed the guy. The guy was thrashed in the Police Station. The boy pleaded to be innocent, but he wasn’t.
My family didn’t looked at me with shame, which we more often find in our society, if a girl reports to police after facing such situations. I received a pat from my family.
I am sharing it in the public domain to encourage the girls to speak up and not feel ashamed while facing such situations. Women are either unaware about their rights or they don’t want to stand up against such evils.
Yasmeen Khan, is a freelance journalist, who has contributed to various national and local newspapers and web portals.