A model in Madhya Pradesh has alleged that she was sexually harassed on a busy road in Indore as a group of molesters attempted to pull her skirt.
In a series of tweets posted on Sunday, the woman alleged that ‘two guys’ also asked, ‘dikhao iske neeche kya hai (show what’s underneath)?’
Her first tweet, now deleted, read, “This happened today. Two guys tried to pull my skirt while I was on my activa and said, “dikhao Iske niche Kya hai?” I tried to stop them and lost control and met with an accident.” The original social media post by the model also carried a screenshot of her bruised leg.
She went on to add, “It happened on one of the busiest roads of indore, and nobody tried to stop them. They ran away, and I couldn’t even see their number. I’ve never felt so helpless. I’m not the kind of girl who will just sit and watch. Those fiends ran away, and I couldn’t do anything. (sic)”
She further wrote that her friends took her to a nearby cafe even as she tried her ‘level best to let this incident go.’ “Not because I’m weak, but for those thirty min, I wasn’t ready to deal with it. I was numb. I was speechless,” she wrote.
She said that what she wore was her choice no one had the right to harass her for her choice of clothing. She wrote, “What I want to wear is my fucking choice. Those guys don’t have any right to harass me because WEARING A SKIRT DOESN’T GIVE YOU A RIGHT TO BEHAVE LIKE THAT. An uncle who came to help me after my fall said, “it’s because you’re wearing a skirt!” I’ve never been so offended. (sic)”
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan took note of the incident and immediately ordered the police to act on the complaint. Terming it a shameful incident, Chouhan wrote on Twitter, “This is a shameful act. Find the culprits and initiate string actions against them and inform me immediately.” Chouhan also tagged the Indore Collector and the state’s Director General of Police.
The alleged molestation of the model in Indore took place on a day after an 8-month-old baby was raped and killed in the same city. A report by National Crimes Record Bureau last year had said that Madhya Pradesh, with 4,882 cases, recorded the most number of rapes in India.