I wish no women had to ever encounter the following in an early morning bus ride:
- All the seats reserved for ladies are taken and you are forced to stand.
- While standing, you are being crushed between 3 men.
- And there are those men who offer to give up their seat for you, only to stand ‘too close for comfort’ later.
- You sit down, not only having to deal with the man who is standing, strutting his stuff on to your face, but realise the guy sitting next to you , seems to be on his own pleasure trip.
Tips from experience:
- I remember years ago, when my seniors from college insisted on carrying ‘safety pins’ while travelling in the local trains along the harbour line – only to prick the ‘pricks’ in time. (Hope it is slightly better now)
- Always try and stand near the seats reserved for ladies, if you have to. (Some ‘nice’ man around will eventually offer you the seat anyway)
- Do not hesitate to be loud if touched inappropriately in a moving train or bus. The culprit has little chances of escape and can be thrashed nice and proper. (I once asked a man at the top of my voice ‘What do you think you are doing?’ He was sitting behind me in the bus, trying to touch me. He was embarrassed & probably scared of being trashed, so got down at the next stop (though he had a ticket till the last stop)
- Most bus conductors and drivers are helpful (though they are men and might behave otherwise when not on duty)
- When climbing crowded FOBs, walking on railway tracks etc – always keep your hand against the chest touching your shoulder. Like this: