I didn’t have the words before, or the clarity, or even the courage to write this letter. But today as I see others who are being affected by people like you, I realise the importance to finally confront you.

As I recall, it was just another day of my life. I was on my way to work in the usual morning bus. I saw some usual travelers and some unusual ones. You were one of the latter. As always, the bus was crowded and I had to stand the entire hour-long journey. I stood there, one hand holding the grab-handle and the other holding the phone, wildly texting. And then you came and stood beside me. Closer than I’d like but the bus was crowded and so I didn’t give you a second glance. I continued listening to the blaring music playing on my earphones and catching up with friends on WhatsApp. The usual! And then I felt something warm go up my kurta. A warm hand! A disgusting touch! I froze and stopped texting. But somehow I didn’t have it in me to stop you.

So many like me would have just ‘let it happen’ and wouldn’t have said anything about it.

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To be honest, you weren’t the first one to take my silence as an invitation to do as you please. But your touch felt the dirtiest. I tried swatting your hand away but you kept creeping back.

I had conveniently avoided even talking about that day. Nobody knows about it. But today I realized that I had to talk about it. For my sake and others’! So many like me would have just ‘let it happen’ and wouldn’t have said anything about it. But today I stand for them and raise my voice. The next time you do such a horror; know that I will not remain quiet.

So if you ever do read this letter, I don’t want you to just feel guilty. I wish one thing on you – if and when you have a daughter, think about someone doing to her what you did to me.

Sincerely,

A woman.

 

 

Author: Zainab Haji

One comment

  1. Dear friend,
    Reading your letter made me feel proud and happy as a woman.Thank you so much for coming forward and raising your opinion.You are a true heroine.
    A well wisher.

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