Today, I am narrating a story of my beloved friend, who had just entered into teenage, unaware of everything that can happen to her. She was enjoying her youth, was lively and free from all worries. It was 14th August i.e. the Independence Day and she got dressed up in white shalwar kamiz with a green dupatta on it, wore a badge of Pakistani flag. Filled with patriotic spirits, took her way to school as the school was celebrating Independence Day.
We were three friends who used to go to school together and it was her routine to take two of us from our place as our building was close to school. Like always she came to pick us up, it seemed a normal day but no one knew that is was not as normal as it seemed to be. A stranger entered in the same building where she was waiting for us to come down. She could not guess the intensions of that person until just after few seconds that man came closer to her and held her so tightly that the poor girl could not help herself come out of the man’s grip; the man kissed her lips and within seconds he was gone away, leaving emotional scars that took years to go away. She did not really know the meaning of sexual harassment and assault one could carry out to satisfy the lust.
She was so embarrassed as if it was her mistake, kept crying and rubbing her lips as if she has got dirt on them. Meanwhile, I came down and saw her crying badly, I kept asking what had happened to her but she was not in her normal state as that incident left a deep impact on her mind. When she got back in her senses, she told us the entire story. We felt furious but also got scared as what we could do if something likes that happen to us. A feeling of helplessness overshadowed us but I believe the least we could do is to educate all the girls as a mother, sister or a friend so that they should also remain alert specially while being alone and speak out if God forbid anything like this happens to any of them; so that together we can share these unpleasant experiences and use our combined wisdom to do something to let such incidents not happen.