We Were Assaulted in Delhi’s Hauz Khas on 31 Dec as Others Cheered
It has been almost five days and I am still in shock as to what transpired with us at New Year's Eve in Delhi’s Hauz Khas.
I have loved this city all my life, but the events of 31 December have left me appalled at the brazen mob mentality here and the harassment that goes with it. I want to highlight this incident to shed light on the fact that no one in this city is safe, and it is we, the people who need to take the leap in ensuring our safety and those of our loved ones.
On 31 December, I had gone to a restaurant at Hauz Khas to celebrate with my wife and her friends. Post-midnight, a duo of 20-year-old men started following us while we were waiting for our cab.
Little did I know they would return, this time more in number (10 or 15 if I can recall correctly) to attack us. Not only did they attack me, but they punched, slapped, and even kicked three other ladies accompanying me, one of whom was my wife. The horror did not end there.
She was not even trying to record the incident, so we do not know why they’d take her phone. She was left crying in the middle of the street.
My wife has an injury on her upper body. All her friends are still in shock.
All of this was happening virtually 100 m away from the police barricading. The shock did not end there. None of the passersby came to our rescue, instead they started taking videos of hooligans attacking us. Thankfully, the officers on duty helped us get into a cab back home.
What I find difficult to fathom is how sickening it is to see other men cheering hooligans assaulting women.
We were assaulted in the middle of the street in front of 50 people at least, never have I felt so helpless.
On 2 January, we filed an FIR in the Hauz Khas police station for sexual assault, harassment, and robbery (The Quint has access to a copy of the FIR). It is even saddening that we have spent the initial days of the new year in and out of the court and the police station.
If in case you are going out late at night, may this incident serve as a reminder of the grim reality that we live in. Delhi, you will never be the same for me, ever.
(The author is a consultant with Accenture. All 'My Report' branded stories are submitted by citizen journalists to The Quint. Though The Quint inquires into the claims/allegations from all parties before publishing, the report and the views expressed above are the citizen journalist's own. The Quint neither endorses, nor is responsible for the same.)