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Monday, August 01, 2005

The real test

In a personal account in the Indian Express, Jyoti Punwani makes an interesting point. She writes:
[T]he real test [of Mumbai's citizens], which they passed with flying colours, was the sight of unescorted young girls walking safely past hordes of men. Be it burqah-clad women, only their eyes visible through their veils, or trendily-clad threesomes from out of town. Not one of them was touched.
What, I wonder, reflects more on this city: that women were not harrassed on the streets during this crisis; or that their non-harrassment was unusual enough to merit comment?