Shame On You Mumbai

This makes my blood boil. Bombay has for ever been one of the safest cities in the world, especially for women. But two occurances like this last year and again this year, is just not acceptable.

A mob of 70-80 men groped and molested two young women for some 15 minutes on a busy main street in Mumbai’s glamour district Juhu early on New Year’s Day.

An identical incident had shamed India’s safest city exactly a year ago — a girl was molested by New Year’s eve revellers at the Gateway of India. That incident was captured on film by a popular Mumbai tabloid; Tuesday morning’s horror was shot by two Hindustan Times lensmen who happened to be on the spot.

The women — one in a black dress, the other in a jeans and top — emerged from the JW Marriott with two male friends around 1.45 am, and began walking towards Juhu beach close by.

A mob of about 40 got after them and began teasing the women. One of the women swore loudly at the hooligans.

But the mob, now 70-80 strong, wouldn’t let go. They trapped the women near a vehicle and a tree, and pounced on them. A man in a white shirt tore off the black dress. Another, in a blue shirt, led the assault. As the women fell on the ground, dozens of men jumped on them. [link]

The newspaper article goes on to say that the inspector rushed at the mob weilding his cane. For once I wish he had removed his gun and fired a few rounds.

No seriously, you may say….arZan…that’s barbaric. And I reply that yes what the mob did was barbaric, and for once should be dealt with in equal measure.

7 Comments so far

  1. Viewer (unregistered) on January 3rd, 2008 @ 10:17 am

    I agree with u Arzan… these idiots must be shot. They are a disgrace to the entire city. Just look at their guts, the place wer it happend is one of the busiest roads where there are loads of people at a stones throw away distance, including cops.

  2. Horrified (unregistered) on January 4th, 2008 @ 3:42 am

    Arzan, I am not sure why it’s such a shock to people. While it makes my blood boil, it’s a sad truth that the 3 days I would not venture out as a woman and feel safe are Holi, Ganesh Visarjan and New Year’s Eve.. I remember we were at Links Pavilion a few years ago for dinner on New Years Eve.. and closed the place down a little after midnight which is when they decided to kick us out and little did we know that there would be hordes of people coming back from Gateway. Our friends made a circle so the girls could walk in the middle. We tried to flag a cab and it was a miserable experience as we were trying to escape the groping. Though one guy managed to put his hand through the cab window and cop a feel. It’s sick. We had a cop beat one of the guys but there were hundreds of them and impossible to do anything but get the heck out of there..Makes my blood boil thinking about it.

  3. vetriveeran (unregistered) on January 4th, 2008 @ 7:50 am

    When things happen like this public simply do lip service by saying this is wrong and these peple are animals.Just immagine what culture is this to get drunk. When you drink you will not recognise the difference between your mother and wife. That means you will be out of your normal thinking and feeling when drunk. Just immagine how you will feel the same things happen to your mother,wife ,sister or daughter.The culprits are general public. Because you tolerate the filthy western culture. Now the root cause of the problom is midnignt parties, drinks, free mixing and immodest dressing.Is this our tradition and culture our fore fathers taught us.Did they sacrifice their life only to see these nonsense. Every good citizens must place a demand to the govt to close these kind of Shameless Hotels and pubs.We are no more slaves of Briton but we have become cultural slaves. stop police force to help and act for rich, powerful and elites and go after them. Police have to discharge their duty to the poor, needy and oppressed.There fore the root cause is not police but affluenza of rich. Do you have the statistics of slums in which how many raped and how many young widows because of govt policy to keep open liquor shops. Why dont you people follow Gandhiji and fight for total prohibition instead of closing the liquor shops on Gandhi jeyanthi.

  4. dumbass (unregistered) on January 5th, 2008 @ 1:03 am

    it was apalling to see such an act happen. i read about it on bbc first (thats the first site i fire up to begin the day!) .. having lived almost my entire life in the area it was shocking that something of this sort could really happen !!

    i recognized a face from the slideshows (i recollected seeing that person) and emailed the guys at HT, Mid-day and Timesofindia .. i don’t know if they got it on my mail or someone else called in before i could, they led the authorities to one of the accused who was apprehended.

    not just this but anything of this sort is a same to our society, the great city of mumbai and human kind in general. I wasn’t around to make a difference but i did what i could sitting in my cubicle here .. if something like this turns up, i urge others to take some action and do something to avoid such things in the future !!

  5. dumbass (unregistered) on January 5th, 2008 @ 1:07 am

    and please stop trying to lay the blame on the girls for partying etc…

    enough with the cultural policing .. the fault lies in the human tendencies and lawlessness .. they just did it because they thought they would be able to get away since they were in a big group !!

    utter rubbish ..

  6. arZan (unregistered) on January 5th, 2008 @ 3:23 am

    Thanks all for your comments and sentiments.

  7. Vikram (unregistered) on January 19th, 2008 @ 4:05 am

    are you the same guy from I-D rock?

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