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Roadside romeos, are you listening?

Actress Ameesha Patel recently made news for taking an eveteaser to task. Chetna Joshi Bambroo speaks to a few Delhi girls who insist on ‘romeos’ being beaten black and blue!

india Updated: May 26, 2009 20:48 IST
Chetna Joshi Bambroo
Chetna Joshi Bambroo
Hindustan Times

Bollywood beauty Ameesha Patel recently made news for taking an eveteaser to task. She gave him an earful after he misbehaved with her.

Girls in the Capital, too, are taking a cue from her, it seems. They’re willing to go that extra mile and use fists or kicks, if need be, to teach the culprits a lesson. We tried finding out how well-equipped the womenfolk are to handle a similar situation.

Sona Sinha, an auditor, said, “If someone misbehaves with me, my reaction will depend upon the situation I am in. If I am in a public place, I will first give him a tight slap across the face. And if I’m at a lonely place, I won’t react till I get to a safer place.” She adds, “I always carry a chilli spray with me.”

Girls today don’t shy from using such products at all. “I’m a little scared of handling such situations. If stuck in one, I won’t try to hit the guy but would call the police instead. If the guy tries to get close, I’ll gather the guts to use my nail filer,” said Shweta Nag, an MBA student.

Though families and friends come out in full support to ensure safety, women want to be prepared to face any such situation.

Class 12 student Avantika Mishra, whose father picks her up from tuition classes every evening, carries “a bunch of ‘big’ safety pins” in her bag. “Plus, I also have my dad’s and the PCR helpline numbers on my speed dial,” she said.

Kiran Tiwari, an MTNL employee, said that though her husband comes to pick her up from work, she doesn’t
forget to carry a pepper spray in her bag. Delhi College of Arts and Commerce alumnus Shiksha Nanda, too, is forever equipped. “Carrying a pepper spray is more important for me than stuffing my bag with make-up. Every college-going girl should carry one,” she advised.

Even as they fight the battle on the street, girls are all for sending eveteasers to prison. As for what punishment would they want for them, Sona said, “I would want such people to be beaten black and blue so that they don’t commit such misbehaviour ever again.”

Rewa Singh, a BPO employee, wants harsher measures. She’s of the opinion that these “roadside romeos” should be locked up in jail for at least 15 days. “Only then will the buggers learn a


Romeos, are you listening?

First Published: May 26, 2009 20:43 IST