Girl was masturbated at on Mumbai Local train, and the women’s helpline just laughed at her

According to her post, the man who was masturbating got down at the next station and even threatened her that he would rape her.

By: Trends Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 9, 2017 11:16 pm
The girl was on a train from Borivali to Dadar. (Representational photo)

No matter how much we have progressed it’s a sad reality that girls and women witness sexual harassment on a daily basis. From eve-teasing to stalking and even rape and murder, hundreds of incidents regularly take place that makes us question women safety in this country. The law enforcement forces have adopted many measures and SOS alert apps, and free helpline are quite essential in this process. But do these helplines work and actually provide the necessary help on time if a distress call is made?

A girl from Mumbai has shared her harrowing experience online of calling on one such helpline number in the time of distress. 22-year-old student Pooja Nair was travelling by Mumbai Local one afternoon when she faced a rather humiliating situation. Travelling in the ladies compartment with a friend she noticed a man was waving at a co-passenger from the next compartment through the rods, that separates the coaches.

She mistakenly looked up from her phone and made eye contact with the man, and heard him yelling abuses at her. She was not scared and decided to keep staring at him in hope that he would stop glaring and abusing. But the man was not deterred, in fact, he crossed the line by opening his pant’s zip, pulled out his penis and started masturbating looking at her. “Meanwhile, he puts his hand down, whips out his penis and grins at me, he starts masturbating,” she wrote in her post.

She asked help from a fellow passenger to call the women helpline to report the incident, but what happened next left her in dismay. “I told the person on the line all the details. The train was just approaching Kandivli. Which compartment, what time. All of it. Then I told him that this person had also called us what he did. And then the person on the helpline laughed.”

She was stunned at the person on the helpline could laugh at the occurrence and when asked for help, he disconnected the call.

According to her post, the man who was masturbating got down at the next station and even threatened her that he would rape her. He even tried to board onto the ladies compartment but other women in the coach yelled, so he backed off.

Read her full post here

Her post has gained a lot of attention online and many have questioned what was the need for such helpline if they did not understand the severity of such incidents. Many also shared their own experiences. Here’s what other Facebook users had to say:

As the post went viral, the Western Railway now has promised to look into the matter. Deputy Commissioner of Police Purushottam Karad told the Times of India, “We have to check which helpline the woman commuter made the call to. There are two helpline numbers — one is railway police and the other is Railway Protection Force (RPF). We will talk to the woman.”

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    Ganu Sewatkar
    Jul 17, 2017 at 8:17 pm
    I do not believe in this story. This might be purely out of mischief or a revengeful act. I shall never know the true reason but I know for sure that men are not so shameless to take out their k in any public transports. Miss Pooja, please find another way to gain publicity. Thank you.
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      Atul
      Jul 11, 2017 at 5:53 pm
      Fake story, completely publicity stunt, instead of starring at man she must have made video so that he could be arrested, ladies coach has many ladies and many of them would be carrying smart phone.
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        Amit
        Jul 10, 2017 at 8:45 pm
        Looks like one of these UP scoundrels. Its time track all migrant workers from UP into cities.
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          Hindu
          Jul 10, 2017 at 4:09 pm
          Have we seen some of the scenes of Bollywood films . IN BOLLYWOOD MOVIES WOMEN ARE TREATED NOTHING EXCEPT MEATBALLS TO SATISFY THE LUST OF MALES . SOME OF THE THINGS WHICH WOULD BE CRIMINAL IN REAL LIFE IS CELEBRATED N BOLYWOOD . BECAUSE OF BOLLYWOOD INDIAN MALES HAVE NO RESPECT FOR FEMALES . !!! BAN BOLLYWOOD !!!
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            P Padavu
            Jul 10, 2017 at 7:42 pm
            Yes that's true. Women can't be depicted so to satisfy the male world and to get TRP for the movies. It's worst in south India and many so called great actors enjoy doing that. When and who will stop this. Its because of this since more than 20 years iam not watching any movies that show women in such bad ways.
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            sharad sharma
            Jul 10, 2017 at 3:53 pm
            this is wired ..mumbai is termed a safe state compare to any other state in India...see we are still searching for the helpline number Miss Pooja made a call on....we are thinking of help and the executive ppl at customer care instead of taking any action, started laughing its a sham on railways....Pooja i suggest you to plz carry a red chilly spray alongwith you and next time when u see such again dont forget to spray it on their private part.....jaago mumbai jaago.
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              Pannalal Chakraborty
              Jul 10, 2017 at 12:00 pm
              Somehow the report is not convincing with the details given. A girl looks to a next compartment because someone was waving. It is possible. She sees a man. Ok. The man starts yelling at her ! What for ? She starts staring at the man. Then she keeps looking at a man who was ing in an overcrowded Mumbai local ! Very poor taste. Most people will look away in such cases
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                Raaj Anand
                Jul 10, 2017 at 12:42 pm
                Under no circumstances the following act could be justified so stop blaming the whole thing on the girl.
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                muradarahul
                Jul 10, 2017 at 9:44 am
                This 's​ should be publicly castrated.Meanwhile the help line person should be helped into retirement.
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                  Sudeepta Raj
                  Jul 10, 2017 at 9:34 am
                  The Person Who Was attending this call and his immediate supervisor needs to arrest immediately. What ever ry they have received till date has to be recover from them. As the ry they are getting it is public money.
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