Unafraid

Photographer caught in Bangalore mass molestation recalls fighting off her attacker

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Photographer Chaitali Wasnik was walking home from work on New Year’s Eve in Bangalore, India, when suddenly a man attempted to grope her. Wasnik said she spent a moment in disbelief before realizing what had happened — and then turning on her attacker. Wasnik said she punched him and kicked “him and his balls till he couldn’t take the pain,” she recalled in a Facebook post. This time, it was his turn to be shocked — he apparently hadn’t expected that she would fight back.

Later, Wasnik would learn that she was one of a number of women to report being assaulted in what appears to have been a mass molestation of women during New Year’s Eve celebrations on the streets of Bangalore. But according to Indian state minister G Parameshwara, the incident was caused by women — not by the men who assaulted them. “[Women] tried to copy the westerners, not only in their mindset but even in their dressing,” said Parmeshwara. “So some disturbance, some girls are harassed, these kinds of things do happen.”

Wasnik, for one, was not impressed with the government’s response.

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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