One of the scariest things that can happen when you’re taking public transportation is getting sexually harassed. Where can you go when you’re in a confined space? Your movements are limited as well especially if it’s too crowded. You can scream and draw everyone’s attention by calling out the perpetrator(s) but there’s also the possibility of being immobilised by fear.
If you’ve never been sexually harassed in anyway then you can never understand how one can respond to the threat. Remember how this woman was chased by a man at an MRT station? It must’ve been traumatising. Unfortunately a few other women have recently been harassed by a man in a crowded LRT train. Here’s what happened:
in within 24 hours, my bestfriend got SA by 2 different men, physically and online. it breaks my heart to see another woman i love not feeling safe to go to work. she was wearing an appropriate working attire, a loose long skirt, full covered hijab. pic.twitter.com/icLKFSFsoI
— Q⁷ (@balqiszairul) August 9, 2022
A woman on Twitter posted a thread earlier this week sharing her friend’s terrifying experience of being harassed by a man in a crowded LRT train going from Abdullah Hukum to Setiawangsa. Going by the username @balqiszairul or Balqis, she tweeted 2 photos of 2 separate incidents in the span of 24 hours.
The first photo exposed the perpetrator in white who harassed her friend and 2 other women on the train. According to the Twitter user, the man apparently used his finger to rub it on the women’s butts and when they turned around, he quickly pulled away and covered his crotch which indicated that he was turned on. The incident took place at around 7pm and the victims were unfortunately too stunned to react.
When Balqis’s friend exited the train at LRT Setiawangsa, the man got off too but took the next train back to Putra Heights. The second photo showed a screenshot of a DM on Instagram received by the friend. “Maybe the man couldn’t resist when he saw that amazing butt of yours. Have you reported? Just file a report,” the message reads.
Balqis confronted the man in the DM but he has yet to respond. As seen above, netizens showed their support in the replies and quote tweets by condemning the two men and their actions in the tweet. Some even shared their own personal experience in hopes this would bring more awareness.
The Twitter user hoped that the two other victims are doing okay and that they can reach out to her so all of them could file a police report together.