- Posted August 26, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Speaking up about sexual violence
The exploitative language and cultural divide
In the year 2003 I was traveling in Ootacamund (Ooty, Tamil Nadu, India) with two of my American friends. They were girl students finishing their school and thirsting to experience India. While we were traveling in the Government bus from Ooty to Coonoor, I let them sit in another seat in front of me. An off-duty bus conductor and his friend sat near them and started to talk to them as we neared Valley View bus stop. After some few sentences his friend told him in the local language to ask them to come to a lodge. He was all smiles as he made this comment because the two french girls did not understand the language. Before I could think of something another man who sat with me heard this and protested, and he suffered for that as the two rascals twisted the story and got the support of the others from their own community in the bus. The two girls did not know what was happening. I had to protect the brave man who protested the lewd comments on the girls. Finally, the bus was stopped at the Boys town stop in Coonoor and the two rascals got away. The mischief was courageously played because the American girls did not know the language and seemed without any Indian friends (I was sitting behind them). This kind of complacency stems from the communal support and ignorance of the foreigners. My suggestion is that when people from other countries visit India please learn something about such incidents and mannerisms of groups in such situations. It is more important to learn these negative things than to be only careful about your passports, camera and money. It is very important that you are not taken for granted. Be aware save your self-respect.