After a gruelling 16 hour work day she's packing up. She’s thinking.... cab, home, food, TV, sleep.
She glances at the time – an hour to go for midnight. Nope, no cab, not safe. The local, it has to be.
She asks for a ride to the station. The ladies’ compartment looks invitingly empty. Too empty, she thinks.
She heads to the general compartment. She walks in braving the ‘looks’, ignoring the deliberate brush of bodies against her tired back. She’s exhausted but she doesn’t forget to keep a hand out near her chest, ready to ward of groping hands.
She finds a window seat, sinks down, puts her laptop bag on the other side then shuts her eyes and tries to relax, her senses on a semi alert. She feels someone’s eyes on her, snaps open her eyes and sits up straight settling her jacket. It’s that man across the aisle. She gives him a dagger look, settles her jacket once again and awaits her station.
She gets off. It’s a short ride home but her watch is inching towards the midnight hour and she’s nervous. She catches an auto and gets in pretending to chat away with a friend on her phone, faking a carefree attitude she’s far from feeling. Ten minutes later, she’s home having spent an hour and a half on a stressful journey she could have done comfortably in 45 minutes.
She peeks in at her kids and husband sleeping peacefully. Changes, serves herself, puts away the food. Thinks of switching on the tele then chooses to crash.
Tomorrow is another day.
After a grueling 16 hour work day he’s packing up. He’s thinking.... Cab, Home, Food, TV, Sleep.
And so he catches a cab, gets home, peeks in at the sleeping wife and kids, eats and settles before the TV till he crashes out.
The man who 'does not notice'
The woman who doesn’t protest
The teens who 'tease' a girl on the street
The woman who is too scared to step out at night
The man who sees but lets it pass
The aunty who holds the girl in jeans responsible
Take notice, protest, step out, speak up, trust, support.
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