Sexual harassment is every woman’s nightmare, especially when no one is around to help. A woman faced such an unfortunate incident last Friday (1st July) at Sungai Jernih MRT station when a man at the station coerced her.
The victim, Nad, recollected her experience through a Twitter thread. She revealed the incident happened at 7:40am while she was all alone at the MRT station. The perv approached her first and shoved his phone in her face, asking her to type in her name and disclose her Facebook profile.
untuk perempuan yang selalu naik public transport, please be safe ❤️
i was okay going anywhere alone all this time but today, 7.40am @ MRT sungai jernih, there's one guy approached me. dia hulur phone dia dekat i, and mintak i search nama Facebook i. I refused politely-
— N (@naddiiiee) July 1, 2022
Under the Twitter username @naddiiiee, she added she politely rejected the perv, but he continued with his unwelcomed advances. “He forced me to give away my Facebook profile and kept repeating ‘It’s no trouble at all’ and grabbed my hand to pull me to the side. Then, he kept asking for the same thing. I told him I was married, but he replied that getting to know each other first is not wrong.”
Horrified, the victim threatened to scream if he wouldn’t let go of her, and he did immediately. She added, “I called my boyfriend as soon as I saw him walking towards me back through the reflection, and then he turned and went downstairs using the elevator. I was crying and sitting down next to the escalator by myself. I couldn’t go downstairs, frightened that he would wait for me there instead, but luckily, I didn’t see him again.”
Netizens swarmed the now-viral Twitter thread and voiced their concerns over the harassment. “Be careful to those who use public transport”, “I thought it would be safe during the day”, “I hope you are doing better now”, they wrote. They also suggested to standby with a bottle of pepper spray or perfume to be prepared for a crisis like this.
Nad commented that men should protect women instead of the other way around. She noted a few remarks from men on why she didn’t just scream for help and said, “I don’t know why I should explain because you will never understand. I would rather be run over by the train than face such peril..” Additionally, RapidKL contacted her and was notified of this incident through Twitter.
More netizens also came forth to share their own experiences:
It happened to me too! Tapi aku sebagai lelaki kena kacau dengan lelaki tua. Dekat mrt sungai jernih jugak. Bulan puasa. Sampai stesen mrt batu 11 cheras aku lari turun sambil tgh shaking. Time tu coach mrt kosong ye ada la few orang sbb tgh hala ke kl. https://t.co/jsaKsgPSqy pic.twitter.com/CHbgfJ7Jts
— Panda Pandi 2.0 (@azrulChoi) July 2, 2022
Same to me 😭 tapi i kene harassment bukan dkt public transport tapi atas moto otw balik rumah , tiba2 ada lelaki datang dekat bwk moto moto juga pegi tunjuk kemaluan dia siap pegang goyang2 lagi ERGH MATA i 😭😭😭😭😭 i cannot jerit cause tempat tu xde org 😭😭 trauma gila
— دينا (@hedina_) July 2, 2022
Anis Sharina contributed to this article.