Marchela passed by a few teenage guys as she approached the bus stop. She was wondering why her car driver was not waiting for her as usual. It was then she heard some boisterous laughter and taunting remarks. They were making jokes and fun of her by singing film songs with double meanings. She just came from school, her first time to go home alone by bus. She’s a much protected girl brought up in a sheltered manner. When she ignored their provocation, the voices became louder and nearer. She was not unaccustomed to unwelcome attention because of her beauty. But this was too much. She had heard from her classmates that these rich boys leveraged the powerful position of their dads to avoid any action against them.
She was crying when she arrived home. “Mom, why did not the driver pick me up at the school?” She asked her Mom amidst sobs.
“You should have waited dear, he was just a li’l bit late as the car would not start. He must be waiting for you there. Why what happened?”
“Mom, the boys at the bus stand near my school taunted me. They were laughing, shouting and making lewd remarks with double meanings,” she continued between painful sobs.
“Okay, allow me to remedy this situation and teach the boys a fitting lesson. Don’t be afraid. Give me just two days,” she assured her daughter.
Three days later her mom told the girl. “Look, the driver will be there today. Do not take the car. Come to the bus stand and let the rascals make fun of you. If the bus comes, don’t take it. Skip it and watch the fun and let’s take the winds out of their sails,” her Mom guaranteed her while she was left amused and excited of what’s in store for those scoundrels.
As Marchela stood in the bus stand with a faint smile on her face, she saw three young women also standing beside her. The boys started their usual teasing making the young women also butt of their ridicule. In a sudden move the roadside Romeos were dealt with by some Karate moves. Little they knew the young women were from police in ordinary clothes till they removed the veil of their secret identity.
Eve-teasing is not just a school/college girl's problem. It is a rampant-all- pervasive social evil. Pushing the issue under carpet is no solution but should be dealt with accordingly.
Prompts: joke, leverage, remedy