In times when films like Pink are trying to change the perception of a modern Indian woman who are outgoing, independent, make their own choices, this cab driver’s response to a Mumbai girl only shows why there is a stronger need for such messages in the public domain.
In a Facebook post, this Mumbai girl shares the horrible behaviour handed out to her by the driver of a black and yellow cab. Her only fault being she asked him to not spit on the road and make it dirty for pedestrians.
She saw the driver chewing gutka and didn’t say anything to him thinking it’s none of her business but she knew he was going to spit on the road and told him not to do so. He agreed but also added what’s “a drop in the ocean”. Eventually, he did spit and that’s when the girl pointed him out. Instead of being apologetic, he said, “”Madam, main toh sirf road pe gandagi kar raha hoon. Aap toh samaaj mein gandagi karti hain. Aap ladko ke saath soti hai. (I’m just dirtying the roads, you spread dirt in the society by sleeping with guys)”
According to the girl, he made the statement just when her trip ended and she was getting down which didn’t allow her to note his cab’s number.
Read her full post here:
I took a cab (kaali peeli) today morning from Prabhadevi to Lower Parel to get to work and started talking to the taxi driver about when he starts his day, where he lives and on how much rent. It was going well till I saw him eating gutka. I didn’t have a problem with him doing that at all, but I knew what was going to follow – he was going to spit on the road. I told him to avoid spitting on the road and he told me how he never does. In the next five minutes, he did spit and I stopped him from doing that again. My argument being that pedestrians have to walk in that muck and it spreads diseases. He came at me saying how it is completely okay to add a drop to the ocean that is already existing. I tried to tell him again how he wouldn’t want his kids to walk in other people’s filth. What he said next disgusted me to another level. He told me, “Madam, main toh sirf road pe gandagi kar raha hoon. Aap toh samaaj mein gandagi karti hain. Aap ladko ke saath soti hai.” (I’m just dirtying the roads, you spread dirt in the society by sleeping with guys)
He said this when I got out of the cab and before I could act upon what he said – I would’ve either slapped him or taken his vehicle number and reported him to the police – he sped away.
I am writing this post because I don’t know how else to vent my anger and frustration. I am confused as to why he dared to say something so sickening – either his male ego was hurt very badly that a young girl tried to stop him from spitting, or because he just assumed that single girls living in Mumbai generally sleep with guys. I hope when any of you reading this come across someone like this taxi driver, you be prepared with something as heinous. I’m prepared for the next time, just hoping that no one makes me feel as sick in my stomach again.
Didn’t the cab driver remind you of the neighbouring uncles in Pink who said, “ye ladkiyan thik nahin hain”? Isn’t this the mentality that needs to be fought?