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Alone in a crowd

JULY 2012

Last year, a video aired on news channels that showed a mob of about 50 men molesting a teenage girl on a busy road in Guwahati shocked the country. As the footage showed, the girl tried to stop passing cars and ask for help. When they did not stop, the crowd dragged her back and began assaulting her.


Keenan Santos and Reuben Fernandez were murdered in Mumbai's Andheri West for resisting eve-teasers. The two were with their female friends when a group of hooligans began harassing them. Santos and Fernandez were brutally beaten up when they protested. Santos's girlfriend later said that though there were about 50 bystanders, no one came to help.

MARCH 2011

Radhika Tanwar was shot in the head in the presence of more than a 100 people on a south Delhi foot overbridge. Yet, as she lay on the bridge, nobody stepped forward to help her. Finally, one bystander called the police which arrived on the scene, took her to Safdarjung hospital in an auto where she was declared bought dead.


Two NRIs were molested outside the JW Marriott hotel in Juhu on New Year's Day. A group of men heckled the girls and when they reacted angrily, about 70-80 of them pounced on the two. The ordeal, lasting 15 minutes, stopped only when cops arrived.


A 12-year-old disabled girl was raped by a drunken man in a Mumbai suburban train as five commuters looked on. Why did the commuters, who could have easily overpowered a drunk and unarmed man, not step in? The incident led to much debate.

Reader's opinion (3)

Sadiya CampwalaJan 19th, 2013 at 20:00 PM

the entire society shud hang its head in shame..where has the conscience gone?

Gaurav MadanpuriJan 14th, 2013 at 08:23 AM

i think the reason for this is that people do not want any police interference in their life as it ultimately stress too much going rounds of police station and courts..So, somewhere down the line, the administration and judiciary is also responsible for this

NOBIN PRADHANJan 13th, 2013 at 15:27 PM

Very relevant and an eye opening article.Granted that intervening to protect someone from criminals can be a risky thing but not intervening only helps crime to walk tall.Empathy is the need of the hour and not apathy.

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