Date: 26 August 2015
The Indian city of Lucknow saw an unusual demonstration of justice being served right in the street on Tuesday when a young woman beat her molester until he fell on his knees and begged for forgiveness.
The girl says the man, identified as Dhirendra, was molesting her while she was trying to get some sleep on her house’s roof. She turned to Red Brigade, a women’s organization which deals with cases like this in India.
They tracked the man down and took a video to teach others a lesson.
This is not the first example of a girl taking control of the situation.
Last month a schoolgirl from Pilibhit, Uttar Pradesh was filmed at a police station while beating a man who had harassed her and sworn at her in the street. She twisted his arm and hit him with a shoe. A policeman encouraging the girl could be seen in the background.
A gang rape case in 2012 in Delhi brought sexual assault cases to the spotlight in India. Thousands of people came to the streets to protest and took part in candlelight vigils. This is when a group of girls came together to set up the Red Brigade, a group that aims to raise awareness regarding women’s rights in India, protects girls from sexual abuse and helps them cope with the physical and psychological effects of attacks.
Usha Vishwakarma, teacher from Lucknow and a founder of the Red Brigade, has said that the police in cities and the countryside in general don’t do much and girls have no other choice but to defend themselves. The whole idea is to humiliate molesters so that they can understand how it feels to be harassed.