Mumbai Girl's essay on sexual harrassment (Why Did You Touch Her?) is terribly sad. Perhaps saddest is when she concludes: I don't have a single Indian girlfriend who hasn't been groped or sexually assaulted in one way or another. Not a single one.
That prompted me to give this some thought. And like Mumbai Girl, I cannot think of a single Indian woman I know (meaning the ones I know well enough to discuss this with) who has not been through one or the other experience like this.
One of these women I know grew up in what is considered a "safe" housing colony, a pleasant place to bring up kids. She says that every single one of the girls about her age in that colony were fondled and groped by a married man there. Yet nobody spoke out, not even the girls' mothers. Because that would "spoil" the girls' "reputations."
I sometimes see that man walking about. My fingers and hands itch.