This Video Of An Indian Girl Confronting Her Alleged Harasser On A Flight Is Going Viral

The video appears to have been shot on an Indigo flight to Bhubaneswar, India.

update

A second video, also filmed by the girl of her alleged harasser, has been uploaded by Buzz Laundry. It can be viewed at the end of this post.

2. On Jan. 31, YouTube user Shreyas Rao uploaded a video of a man being videotaped and berated by a girl from behind the camera on an Indigo flight to Bhubaneswar, India.

Shreyas Rao / Via youtube.com

The alleged harasser is seen hiding his face throughout the video and asking for forgiveness, while others on the plane look on, queued up to disembark.

3. As the video focuses on the alleged harasser, the girl filming the video speaks to him in Hinglish. Here’s a transcript, translated into English by BuzzFeed India:

Girl: “You’re asking for forgiveness. Why? Because I’m a girl? And you have the right to touch me any time, anywhere you want to?”

Man: “I’m asking for forgiveness.”

Girl: “What forgiveness are you asking for? Did you do it only once? Was it by mistake? Look at how old you are. Old moron. Half way into your grave and still not wise enough. Say more? Say more, come on. I’m videotaping you, mister! If you ever do this again, you’ll remember this episode. You think us girls stay silent and you can do anything, right? Look here. Why are you so bashful now? I will call security. I’ll make sure I make a complaint.”

Man: “I’m sorry about it. Please, stop it.”

Girl: “Why? Why, please? I’m sorry, please. I’m sorry that I’m a girl! Please, forgive me, for I dare to travel alone as a woman. I’m so sorry for that! I will not leave you. Don’t think [sic].”

Man: [unintelligible]

Girl: “Yes, I have purposefully done that. You thought you could do it again, right? You were touching me here again the second time. You thought I didn’t know what was going on and I would stay quiet, right? Only us girls are expected to have shame. You have a right to be shameless.”

4. The video was forwarded to the uploader by the victim. In the video description, he writes:

This is a forward by this brave girl of what happened in the indigo flight yesterday with her! “This man on the seat behind mine, put his fingers in the seat gap to touch me!!! I was very shocked for sometime to react. By then the flight went to landing mode. Then the moment flight touched down, i got up. Saw his hand was again on the side ready to take up any opportunity to touch me!!! I created such a scene, humiliated him in front of the whole flight! He thought like usual girls will keep quiet and he can get away with this! I have lodged an FIR now! He is a very rich man of bhubaneswar and is now very humiliated in front of the people who know him. Cant believe the ordeal i had to go thru but being silent is a crime! The police officer was very helpful and the Indigo staff remained with me throughout.”

6. “I clicked his pictures and made videos,” the victim further said, according to the uploader. “I shouted so loud that the entire plane came forward to see him! I made sure I humiliate him as much as possible because I know law will do nothing.”

Shreyas Rao / Via youtube.com

The video description also says that the man is currently in police custody, although BuzzFeed India was unable to verify that information.

7. Watch the video here:

8. This second video, filmed in what appears to be an airport after the alleged victim and alleged harasser have gotten off the plane, shows the man offering to write the girl a written apology. It also features an unseen and unidentified male voice.

9. Here is a transcript for the second video:


Unidentified man: “I am recording it.”

Alleged harasser: “Please record the thing. Please record the thing. I’m prepared to face any consequence for it. I’m saying—”

Girl: “So you want to say that you want to give me a written apology for misbehaving with me.”

Alleged harasser: “For touching you, I want to give you a written— I request you.”

Girl: “Why did you do that? What did you think? I’ll keep quiet.”

Alleged harasser: “I made a mistake. I made a mistake. I made a mistake, madam, I made a mistake. Everybody makes mistakes in life. I made a mistake. It’s a big mistake.”

Girl: “You think this is a mistake?”

Alleged harasser: “Yes, this is a mistake. Definitely a mistake.”

Girl: “So things like murder — these are mistakes?”

Unidentified man: “Do you think this is a mistake or intentional?”

Alleged harasser: “No, it’s a mistake.”

Unidentified man: “It is not intentional?”

Alleged harasser: “But that’s why it’s a mistake, otherwise I would say—”

Girl: “Is there a woman in your home? A daughter, sister, or your mother? Is there one?”

Alleged harasser: “Yes, they’re all there. This is my mistake.”

Girl: “How would you feel if someone did this to them?”

Alleged harasser: “But if the person apologises, we will forgive him.”

Girl: “Oh, okay, you’ll forgive him. Call them. Call your daughter here. I’ll talk to her.”

Unidentified man: “Call the daughter, would you? We’ll talk to her then.”

Alleged harasser: “Kindly [unintelligible] that’s family.”

Unidentified man: “I’m a father. I’m a father of a girl.”

Alleged harasser: “I’m a father of a girl also but I—”

Girl: “You are a father of a girl! With this audacity? I pity that girl.”

Alleged harasser (talking to the unidentified man): “Look, when someone… I got the punishment.”

Unidentified man: “You will get the punishment.”

Alleged harasser: “I’ve got the punishment already. I’ve got the punishment already.”

Girl: “You decided the action; I will decide the reaction.”

Alleged harasser: “I’ve already got the punishment. I already faced the humiliation.”

Unidentified man: “Okay, please. Okay.”

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Imaan Sheikh is a writer for BuzzFeed and is based in Dubai.
 
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