Sometime in July last year, I was taking a morning walk on my usual path. It was a residential area and pretty devoid of motor traffic. Later I would know that it was not a good area for lone girls to roam around in. Anyway, an Alto comes from behind and a man interrupts me and asks for directions to a hospital. Like an idiot, I even stopped to listen to him. an innocent question turned into lewd gestures and sentences and it was too late when I realized he was just a pervert. I plugged by earphones back in and walked away while the guy shouted one last vulgar remark and drove away(thankfully). I felt shaken and disturbed. What just happened? Did that really happen? I thought about it for some timebut decided not to share it with anyone. It just felt weird talking about it with others, especially male friends. I knew they would ask me questions. They would want to know what exactly the pervert said and what gestures he made. And I was too ashamed to tell them. But ashamed of what? I had not done anything wrong? Then why did I have to feel ashamed? That’s how molested, physically abused or raped girls probably feel. In much much higher degree. If I would feel embarrassed by some sentences uttered to me from a distance, how would a rape victim feel if a strange man attacked and used her? Even with that little incident, I was filled with hatred, feeling of revenge and vengeance. I wanted to kill that guy or beat him or humiliate him or whatever. I knew that wasn’t possible. Thousands of men throw lecherous remarks at harmless girls everyday and the girls areunable to do anything except steel themselves and move on. We women take care of it ourselves; no one comes to our rescue. Why is the society made so unjustly? Why do men just get away with it? Socialists have tried to bring change. They have pounded concepts of equality and feminism into our rigid traditional society. Open gang rapes happen every other day in our country followed by rebelmovements on FB, news channels and other media. Still, rapes happen. More rapes happen. Is all the shouting perceived as yet another feminist rant and then mocked at? What do you think?