Beware of groping in India

Groping in India is nothing new. Nothing has changed since the Delhi gang-rape, no securities have been provided in Delhi or any other metros in India. Women continue to get groped on India’s public transport.

The way they do it is by deliberately touching body parts and pretending that it is an accident in the crowd. The most common parts where women are likely to be touched are the bottom and the breasts.

In western nations; when someone sits on the seat next to you, they will try not to touch you at all. But in India, it’s completely opposite. When a man with bad intent sits next to you, they will cosy up to you and deliberately touch you. In these circumstances, you will need to shout at the man to stop touching you. There are good people all around and many will want to help you.

Many of these men do it on purpose as they know that they can get away with it without being caught as the victim do not raise any voice against them for the fear of reprisal. Plus in a male dominated society as India’s, it’s usually the woman who gets the blame.

Watch some of these videos and you will get an idea about the plight of women being groped in Delhi the capital of India. Women travelling to India either alone or in groups are advised not to travel on public transport particularly the busses in Delhi and Mumbai.

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It’s not just the buses; women are groped in broad daylight especially in crowded places. I remember once when I was about 15 years old, I was walking in narrow lanes of Chandni Chowk – it seemed as if every man who passed by wanted to touch me. In one incident when I was only 11 years old I was at the Railway station in Patna, a man came up to me, touched me and ran away. Incredible it may sound; this is ground reality of India. You might wish to read about the sexual harassment of Michaela Cross, a 23 year old American student on a study trip to India. Sometimes, you wonder if Indian men are the worst types of men on the planet.

My advice to those women travelling to India alone or otherwise MUST not get on these public transports. I rarely use these buses anymore. Hire an auto-rickshaw or a taxi and sit on the back seat. Always stay on the side of the road where you can see the traffic and the people coming towards you so you can keep a tab on things happening around you. There is a chapter on how to deal with groping in my book “India travel survival guide for women” if you really wanted to travel on these public transport.

Women commuters in Delhi say they are groped even in day time

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18 thoughts on “Beware of groping in India”

  1. Yes, it is very sad to say that, we are developing very fast. But in the case of the internal security for PUBLIC, we are lacking. The only reason is that most of the security assets are consumed in VIP security. There is no security for the public in actual but to show off everything is perfect.

  2. It’s a very sad thing about India. There should be proper security in public areas especially in popular one to avoid any issues specially women safety.

    I suggests you to contact police immediately if you feel in trouble.

  3. Thanks for the information Shalu. Indeed a lot of awareness is required in this regard. Need to educate the common public and ensure that such incidents doesn’t takes place.

    Thanks again.

  4. Yes, it very bad situation in India for public, even government kept its eyes close on it, that’s why people hiring cabs and other sources, just to avoid these groping. Thanks

  5. It’s very shameful and these men must learn. Or else, we should slap them and teach a good lesson so they behave next time.
    I tried shouting at a guy. And he immediately moved away and looked scared. So, from then, I am dealing with this bravely. I immediately take action to stop feeling “victim” to this act and make the guy feel scared of his cheap act.

  6. Have you traveled the whole of India? Please don’t generalize India by just considering in and around Delhi.Please change the title to “Beware of groping in Delhi”.

  7. Nice it is while it comes to india happenings are same you have put this article in such a way tha t i feel very sad about this so please keep it up writting good articles like this.

  8. Stern action should be taken against the culprits. There are many incidents which go unnoticed as they never approach to police. Responsible authorities should restore the faith of women on law and order so that they can move freely without any fear.

  9. Day by day our country is getting bad. The government needs to take proper steps to avoid these type of thing and make our country a better and safe place to live on.

  10. I do know the situation in India, but you know what this is same all over the world. Protest, protest and protest. Things are not going to change pretty soon.

    If possible try to avoid crowdy situation while traveling.

  11. I really appreciate your effort for such a writing on groping in India. It gives me details info about what to do or not.. People are getting busy and busy these days, but apart from them you successfully spend your time with us.. Thank you so much.

  12. Respecting women is the integral part of the overall development of the nation. Delhi is the nice place to visit with its magnificent heritage and glory. But the only disgusting thing is groping which happened in many other cities as well. So, thank you so much for sharing this information which will alert people during travelling.

  13. Been thinking about a trip to India and this is a good reminder that especially if travelling with my girlfriend, it’s important to be smart and safe! Thanks for posting and taking the time.

  14. hi,

    in this posting all passenger are stuck in rush somewhere any space for standing ,no way to stand for any person . this is not proper management for traveling .

    we have take more and more vehicle for traveling .

    thanks for this posting ,


    mansi desai

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