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Watch How People React When A Woman Is Publicly Harassed

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Being furious about any news related to attacks on women, is of no help unless you don’t use that feeling and be more than just a useless, passive onlooker or an apathetic passerby. If you have to be an onlooker, just sit in your living rooms, watch the news and switch channels before you hurl abuses at the rapists, the stalkers, the acid attackers, the abductors and that whole lot; because that won’t change a single thing, that won’t save the next victim.

A new case of rape is reported every 22 minutes in India. We know this. We are familiar to many such statements full of shocking stats in relation to violence against women. But when given a chance to change this, will we do something about it? Saying that the government is doing nothing for women safety is easy, but stepping up and doing the right thing is more difficult for this country than it should be. If you are a bystander who has witnessed a women being harassed publicly, you do not have the right to stand and shout slogans in protests. It might be an overstatement for some, but being a bystander, is being a part of the crime.

Awkwardness Unlimited conducted this social experiment to come up with an answer to the above question. And here are the results.

Wishing more and more power to the gentlemen at 1:50, 2:10 and 4:00 and the awesome ladies at 2:50, 3:05 and 3:45, for being the first ones to step up and fight. Those who took a lot of time to decide before interrupting, please learn a lesson, lest we are too late the next time. And those who decided it is easier and hence better to just look or to pass by; please wake up. If you see something, do something.

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  1. Eswar Hindustani

    Owesome guys…. good work….

  2. Muralli

    Few ppl are still thr to react when smething wrong happens in the public. But through this enacting, u making those ppl fool. Next time if the same thing happens n if the same ppl cme across it, will he think its a real incident or smeone is enacting and testing them???
    and do u think he/she will take it serious and help?? Pls jus to get facts, dnt enact n stop them from doing their work.
    I appreciate you for creating an awareness but still there are many othr ways like roadshows/social media.
    Pls dont test us.

  3. HR TIP

    Thanks to Bollywood. They are destroying nations and now it is back to India 🙂
    Bollywood keep posing women as a toy and people of your own nation will make your sister, daughter or mother a toy on road.
    Please think before you make dirty screen in films and named it as romantic .
    Wake up 🙂

  4. Suburban Dreamer

    A good message , but is it practical in current times? I mean yes, every one would love to be a hero and save a damsel in distress, but incidents like Murder of Sergent Bapi Sen of Kolkata Police leaves a long lasting impression which is far deeper than this video and article. For those who are not aware of the incident here is a link

    Late Bapi Sen, bravely fought against 5 constables, and was fatally injured in that oddly matched fight, and after 5 days in coma, he left for a better place. And the girl whom he protected, decided to hide in anonymity. She did not came up for the help in investigation of the murder case.. May be it was not easy for her, but her silence, how easy was it for the members of Late Bapi Sen’s family to understand that they lost a family member who died while saving a person who did not have the courage to show her respect to the dying man?

  5. Ashutosh

    If ladies (victim) support people who save them in the house of law these things become lesser. We have very pity legal system which scares victim and their savers from saving them… 🙁

  6. Monistaf

    So, what you are expecting is that everyone should help to a “Damsel in distress”? Would you say that should be true for “anyone” in distress, or is it only ladies that are worthy of such empathy? Harassment is an equal opportunity crime, and if you are going to write an article on helping women who are being harassed, at least mention somewhere that it is more of the norm, but it also happens to men and boys. Every person is a human being, REGARDLESS of gender and is deserving of our empathy and help in times of need. There is nothing special about one gender. In case, you are light hearted and want so see how some women and men react to a man being harassed on a park bench, take some time to view this video..

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