At 4pm, two men came, pounced on me
Ritu Dhingra, Consultant psychologist
I was walking to a nearby mall in DLF phase V around 4pm when two men pounced on me from behind. I retorted by kicking them and rushed to pick up a stone on the pavement. They fled but took away my purse.
I was horrified by the incident as it took place metres away from my house and that too in broad day light.
Moreover, this isn’t a one-off incident in the city. My colleagues and friends keep narrating incidents of their being stalked and harassed by men openly in markets, malls, or even when they stop at traffic red lights. HTC
I was molested in daylight
Ruchika Arora*, Management professional
I was leaving for home from my office in Cyber City Sector 39, a very crowded area. Just as I was about to get into my car, a man in his mid-30s came on a speeding bike and tried to grab me from behind. I managed to get away but the experience was very disturbing as it happened in broad daylight.
I didn’t even think of approaching the police as they would have told me that since I was safe, there was no need to lodge a complaint. Mallica Joshi
(* Name changed on request)
They passed lewd comments, which embarrassed me
Jyotsana Anand, Designer
About two weeks ago, I was walking from the community club to my home in Nirvana city around 6.30 in the evening when two bike-borne men halted near me and stared me down.
I managed to evade them and rushed to my society gate, which was hardly 500 yards away. Though I escaped unhurt, the men did pass all sorts of lewd comments, which embarrassed me.
Though I did not report the incident to the cops, it did make me wonder about the lack of police vigil on city roads and how better policing can deter such miscreants. HTC
Cops bundled me into their car with molesters
Bhavna Sharma, HR professional in Delhi
A month ago, I and my friend drove to Gurgaon’s DLF Galleria market for dinner. Around 11pm, as we were coming out, three drunk guys started making obscene gestures and passed lewd comments.
When my friend told them to stop, they started beating him up. I panicked and called the PCR but the cops not only refused to register my complaint, they even took me to the police station. What was frightening was that along with the miscreants, they huddled me with my friend into their van and no woman cop accompanied us.
Fortunately, we were allowed to go later but the cops never got in touch to inform us about the status of the case. HTC