“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
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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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