It was beyond 9 pm on an isolated road on the outskirts of Bangalore. It was drizzling, and heavy rain was predicted. I was going back home alone in my car after dropping kids and wife to a relative’s house.
I saw the shadow of a woman being abused by a man. The shadow of the trees hid them from view. I was driving fast, and as I came close to them, I saw a young girl with a backpack and guy with a helmet. The guy was continuously hitting the girl, and she was moving about trying to avoid the abuse.
All these sights passed in a matter of seconds. The road was lonely. By the time I came to my senses, I had gone ahead by about a kilometre. I slowed down and stopped. In an instant, I decided to turn back and check out the situation. I was amazed at the instant dash of courage. I was not like this before.
I took the next available u-turn, went back near the spot, parked about 50m away, and kept the headlights on. I did so to measure the situation. This guy was on the phone and talking to somebody in a loud voice and meanwhile continued to pull and push this girl physically.
After a few minutes, I went next to them and parked my car. Both of them looked up, and the guy stopped. I gauged the situation, and it did not seem like the girl was trying to escape. I asked both of them as to what was going on. They both came forward to say nothing serious. I mustered further courage and specifically asked the girl if she needed help. She smiled, told me that she didn’t and that everything was ok.
I was in a fix about my next move. Something about the way they looked gave me the confidence that they could manage and that there was no need to call the police or create a scene. I left, hoping the girl would be safe and the issue resolved.
I am certain this courage came because of all the stories I read here on the app.
Telling your Rak story could inspire others to act in difficult situations.
~ jagadish Babu