Because I’m a girl: Indian woman slams alleged harasser on plane

Published: February 3, 2015
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Man, with his face covered, apologetically responds: “it’s my fault, I know.”

Man, with his face covered, apologetically responds: “it’s my fault, I know.”

An Indian woman travelling on an Indigo flight from Mumbai has made a video confronting a passenger who allegedly tried to harass her on the flight. The video went viral on the social media with people from both sides of the border showing their support for the woman and questioning laws on sexual harassment in Pakistan and India.

The video gives a powerful message to women who have been victims of sexual harassment and urges them to not stay silent but confront molesters.

The video starts off with the woman saying, “Because I’m a girl, you think you can get away with this?”

The man, with his face covered, apologetically responds: “it’s my fault, I know.”

“You old man, look at your age,” the woman retorts. “I’m taking a video mister, if you ever do this again, you’ll remember this episode.”

“You think girls can’t speak!” she said.

You can watch the full video here.

According to reports, a ‘part 2’ of the video also emerged on social media which shows the alleged harasser apologising to the woman at the airport.

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Reader Comments (21)

  • Shafaq
    Feb 3, 2015 - 5:30PM

    Good Job :)

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  • Mega
    Feb 3, 2015 - 5:31PM

    Kudos girl.

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  • Pity
    Feb 3, 2015 - 5:31PM

    Salute Ms Ajwani!!

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  • Aamir - Toronto
    Feb 3, 2015 - 6:12PM

    Another example of “shinning India”……so pathetic !!!!

    A person like him should not be allowed to walk the streets.

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  • Nida
    Feb 3, 2015 - 6:22PM

    Absolutely wonderful Miss. Proud of you.

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  • ZN
    Feb 3, 2015 - 7:02PM

    Great! The news should be circulated widely so girls know that cell phones camera is a tool to be used when needed in such circumstances.

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  • Meghana
    Feb 3, 2015 - 7:36PM

    @Aamir – Toronto:
    Can you explain the song taroo maroo by Ali Gul pir? What exactly is happening in your country? In india civil society is strong we fight back. We support them and therefore there is justice. If it’s so safe other side why are gender crimes taking place in your country? Why special taxi buses for women. In your society if they raise voice, they get death threats, call it a conspiracy and are forced to move abroad. They win international awards to speak against a society were they can’t . -mukhtar mai,malala etc . Quit the holier than though approach.

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  • someone
    Feb 3, 2015 - 7:41PM

    Good Job Ms. Ajwani. Imagine the reaction of the family of this guy and then imagine the humiliation they would face in public.

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  • Faraz
    Feb 3, 2015 - 8:18PM

    The more more Indians (with the exception of Punjabis) I meet, the more I love Pakistanis. Indians stalk people here like stray dogs, rub their crotch in front of them and are always cooking up a conspiracy to have people fired. I absolutely despise these class-less repulsive looking people. I have told them to f— off a million times, they are like pests or uninvited guests who won’t go away even if you don’t want to have anything to do with them.
    Why won’t Indians leave our forums when we don’t like them?

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  • Ramachandran
    Feb 3, 2015 - 8:26PM

    @faraz what about indian Gujaratis,Sindhis,Kashmiri hindus? Any propoganda for them too?

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  • Pakistani
    Feb 3, 2015 - 8:43PM

    Gr8 work, I think ppl like these should be subjected to such humiliation.

    I am a Pakistani and I am proud of this Indian.

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  • Oats
    Feb 3, 2015 - 9:49PM

    @Meghana: This type of incident happens all the time in India. Yes there are occasional episodes of bad behavior in Pakistan but nowhere near what goes on India. There is a reason why India is called rape capital of the world. In Pakistan the male family member would beat the man who tried to do that to a female in his family.

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  • Arsha
    Feb 3, 2015 - 10:27PM

    @Oats:
    Well in India women are able to report rape without expecting repercussions from society. How many women in Pakistan are able to do the same?
    Honour killings, acid attacks…. All of those are reported often enough in Pakistan.

    Women in India are learning to speak up for themselves and protect themselves. Sure a male member would protect however we are fighting to stand on our own feet and fight our own battles.

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  • Meghana
    Feb 3, 2015 - 10:50PM

    @Oats
    1. If victims got justice for speaking up in your country why they flee foriegn country? Become renowned icons, award winners and challenge the dark elements no one speaks about in fear there?
    2. India is not called rape capital of the world. It’s your countrymen invention. Delhi is most unsafe city in all cities in india. So our media puts tag. But you took to another level and added “world”. We are 2nd most populated country in the world. Any crime be stealing or robbing by head count will be more because we are 1.25 billion plus people. Despite that it’s America which half our population at number one place followed by South Africa & Sweden in rape crimes. And sweden is rape capital with maximum rape happening per lakh people in its area. Here’s the statistics.
    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rape_statistics
    india is not even in top 20 countries. Update yourself.

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  • imran
    Feb 3, 2015 - 10:52PM

    Well done, I would say SHABASH for doing this. People take advantage but you have learnt very good lesson.

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  • doesnt matter
    Feb 4, 2015 - 11:34AM

    @Oats:
    This woman was travelling alone. There was no male family member to beat up the guy. We women in India have guts to travel alone, its part and parcel of life. Where there are incidents like these.. we fight back.

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  • doesnt matter
    Feb 4, 2015 - 11:35AM

    Fellow commentators, why are you guys telling her surnmae, when she chose not to reveal it herself. Where are your basic etiquettes?

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  • fatima khalid
    Feb 4, 2015 - 8:16PM

    What she did is absolutely right and admirable. Their is injustice in India and Pakistan both. I don’t get why we have changed the topic to where the injustice is more. Even if we are able to prove which country has more women crimes will that make us a winner? will that decrease the crimes?

    So people get back to the real topic. What we can do to decrease all this. How we can educate our sons, brothers and boys to respect women, all women, be they of any nationality.

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  • Yo2Da2
    Feb 4, 2015 - 10:52PM

    @fatima khalid: Finally a sane voice to cut through all this chauvinistic one-upmanship clutter. All patriarchal societies try to put down women in one way or another. Violence against women – including rape, acid attacks, honor killings, dowry murders, etc. – seem to be more common in South Asia. We just have to evolve and become more civilized.Recommend

  • Yo2Da2
    Feb 4, 2015 - 10:54PM

    @Faraz: Well, then. we can count you out for any future people-to-people endeavors. And where are you meeting all these horrid Indians? Surely not in Pakistan?Recommend

  • Sabeeh Riyan
    Feb 26, 2015 - 12:48PM

    This must be shared so much that everyone gets awareness of their fault. We are degrading ourselves through ‘Touch’ which could b used for some good cause. Recommend

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