Chennai: Tuesday is Madras Day. As the 368-year-old metropolis recollects its history, CNN-IBN brings you an insight into the rigors and challenges faced by the Chennai woman on the move.
"It's a problem being a two-wheeler rider itself. As a girl, it becomes twice as tough because there are people who want space on the road and then there are people who want you!” a resident, Amita D Monte said.
So what does one do to ignore the harassment on the streets of Chennai?
"What do I usually do? I just ignore them,” Amita said. It is what many women do however offended and angry they are.
"You know that no one's going to come to your support. It's a middle-class mentality. So we just ignore them,” another resident said.
Ten years ago, the crowds were smaller and safer but today, traveling in a train, the first thing a woman looks for is the ladies compartment.
"I've been to other cities like Delhi, but Chennai is as bad," a resident said.
Women in Chennai have found their own ways to handle the heckling, whistling, and feeling up they have to face the minute they step out of their homes.
"Safety pin, pepper spray and elbowing them away,” a daily commuter explained on tackling the men on the streets.
Many used to believe that it's only one class or type of men who sexually harass women. But nowadays women tell say that even college boys are turning aggressive.
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|"I've been to other cities like Delhi, but Chennai is as bad"|
|"There are always men commenting, and saying things. You've got to be on guard"|
|"Safety pin, pepper spray, elbowing them away"|
|"You know that no one's going to come to your support. It's a middle-class mentality. So we just ignore them,"|
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