A usual scene in the bus for women, Where men end up occupying seats reserved for women or our busy ogling sitting on their seats.
The image which we created has been formed out of personal experience where men have not had the decency to even get up for old women, forget women of our age.They simply stare or act like we don't exist. Also because i do not know the regional language - They treat that as a no-importance point and create side talks of who i am as an individual.
Once when a man was sitting on the ladies seat I asked him to get up so that an old lady could sit instead but he ignored me. When I complained to the conductor he too ignored and walked past. Finally lots of women started asking him to get up. Eventually he did. Though whenever I stand in a bus I instinctively put the bag behind my back to prevent men from touching me inappropriately. Still I feel we are getting there.
Ananya, when you complained to the conductor and he didn't help, the women on the bus teamed up in solidarity. In this case that was effective strategy.Any men have stories of sticking up for women on the bus?
What we have represented through a still image, is something that we go through on a daily basis. Most of us have become immune to this as it happens so often.We get stared at and ignored, being in a public space can sometimes get very difficult.