January 26, 2018

#WATWB 4 -The Universe protects you!!

 “When you do the right thing, the universe protects you and makes you able to do a lot of good things, so just stand up and do the right thing” Dipesh
captured from my cellphone:) 

Dipesh Tank has started a movement called WARR- War Against Railway Rowdies. An initiative to address safety issues of girls and women. I am glad to have come across a young man who dared to think differently, instead of being a passive spectator, of what he observed at the railway station, watching the rowdies passing comments on women and belittling them, he decided to do something to create safety for women in commuting in trains.  Instead of blaming the system he evolved a movement.  In December 2013 the volunteers assisted the Railway Officials in dealing with the hooligans in trains in order to make travel safe for women.

According to the survey conducted by Dipesh 85 % of the women feel unsafe at the station, vulnerable to regular sexual harassment. Dipesh hails from a humble background where his mother is his role model, and had a great influence on his thinking, it was she who inculcated in him to value and respect women. Being a college dropout due to poor financial conditions, he continued to learn and helped his mother by taking up low paying jobs. He worked hard and with grit and determination helped his mother and brother and gained financial health, which led him to move from a small place to Mallad where he could live in flat.

One day he was woken up by his mother with the news of seven bomb blast in the train within 11 minutes. He immediately took his brother and responded to the situation by helping the passengers who were hurt, thus volunteered to shift them to hospitals. Both he and his brother helped the victims and the staff couldn’t handle and this experience helped him to initiate an Non Governmental Organization called Youth for People, that rescued citizens who need help.


Dipesh was beaten up many times by groups of eve-teasers, but he and his friends believed that that there is another fight for freedom and freedom for women to travel without fear.
When he was applauded, he made the following statement

 “I am not a superhero. I am human too. I get tired at times … I want people to stop applauding and start doing it themselves. I dream of a day when I can let go a fight against eve-teasing because there will be enough people to fight against it,” Dipesh

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Appreciate the co-hosts of this month, Shilpa GargSimon FalkLynn HallbrooksEric Lahti, Damyanti Biswas and Guilie Castillo. 

May this post inspire us to spread light in darkness!!
  

15 comments:

  1. Dipesh is a real life hero. What he said about people doing their bit in helping and supporting is so right. More power to him. Thanks for sharing this wonderful story, Genevive!

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    1. True shilpa ! his story is a reminder for all of us to do our bit. Appreciate you for being the co host, and thanks for stopping by:)

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  2. What an inspirational story of strength, courage and doing what's right. Thank you for sharing this. #WATWB

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    1. You are most welcome, and am glad you found this story inspiring:)

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    1. Thank you for your comment, yes I agree its a great story..

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  4. 'Raise better boys at home and the world will know far fewer disrespectful men' - this is a wonderful story Genevive. As Dipesh said, he imagined his mother being harassed. He is a hero yet, as he says. he was doing the right thing - and we each can do the right thing. Thank you, this is truly inspiring!

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    1. So True Susan, parenting is such an important aspect that influences positively in the way boys perceive girls/women. I am glad to be part of sharing some light in darkness and yes I do believe each of us have a responsibility in doing our bit.

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  5. "I want people to stop applauding and start doing it themselves"—he nailed it, didn't he? All activists around the world feel the same way, but I've never heard it put so succinctly, stated so clearly. Kudos to him for the initiative, and for all he's done to make it grow and spread; let us take up the challenge and make safety a reality for women (and people) everywhere.

    Excellent choice for the #WATWB! Thanks for joining us :)
    Guilie @ Quiet Laughter

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    1. Thank you friend for your compliments:) it means a lot, and appreciate you for the encouraging words... there is so much we can do, when we look around, loved the way dipesh created safe spaces for women. I am inspired by his mom who has instilled in him the values of respect and courage to stand by what he believed.

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  6. Hi Genevieve - thank you so much for highlighting Dipesh for us ... wonderful to read the thought process of protecting the women and helping them travel more safely. A lovely initiative to start up - long may it last and may many learn from his leadership here - cheers Hilary

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    1. welcome here Hilary:) and thanks for your comments, happy to know that you found Dipesh initiative wonderful.... there is a lot more to be done especially when we talk of protecting women; glad to do a little bit and hopefully many more are already working for empowering women.. thanks again for your thoughts.

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  7. Tales of such every-day heroes is what #WATWB is all about. Thanks for sharing this story with us.

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    1. Thank you Damayanti for your presence here, I am honored to be part of this initiative:)

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