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Groping Indians. How NOT to React!

By April 7, 2009

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This blog post on The India Uncut Blog about Groping Indians made me laugh, and left me feeling just as incredulous as its writer. The reason? The advice given to foreign tourists in Bharatonline's India Travel Tips Section regarding how to deal with over-friendly strangers in India. It reads:

"Usually, foreigners are subjected to groping by particularly the Indian men. It is harmless. Just ignore such people and enjoy your trip. Avoid any sort of confrontation, and totally drop the idea of a physical altercation. Indians frown upon the idea of violence and physical fighting is usually a last resort".

As Amit Varma says in his blog post, the advice makes groping out to almost be a cultural characteristic, like eating with your hands. It's obviously written by an Indian man who thinks it's normal and acceptable to go around groping foreigners!

Unfortunately, many women do get groped in India. However, such an action shouldn't be tolerated. Amit goes on to advise that you should take the opposite course of action, and in fact the locals will most likely support you and not the groper.

More About Annoyances & Inconveniences in India:

March 20, 2011 at 4:35 pm
(1) Dude says:

This is not true, all Indians are not like that, most of the people are nice to the foreigners. I have been to India several times, especially Kerala, beautiful place, and incredible people.

October 28, 2011 at 5:32 pm
(2) indian guy in US says:

Yes you should definitely make a noise..and most likely the public will support you and may even dispense instant justice to the guy!(in the form of a beating)

February 6, 2012 at 4:35 am
(3) French girl who has been to India says:

What a lot of nonsense! I was there for 3 weeks and NEVER has an Indian man been inappropriate in that way. They were all considerate and very friendly.

February 6, 2012 at 2:18 pm
(4) goindia says:

Hi French girl, that’s great. You obviously were very fortunate. That’s not the case for everyone though. Plus, three weeks is hardly a long time to be in India. I’ve been groped on a bus, and I even got groped in a crowd of people in a festival last night. It happens. Many of my friends have been groped too.

October 12, 2012 at 7:53 am
(5) ashish mohan says:

Yea the way it was stated in that article by amit was inappropriate…i think the act of groping anywhere in the world is bad..and you should take action..

December 28, 2012 at 5:51 pm
(6) Ross says:

In Mexico City women ride in a crowded women-only subway wagon during morning rush hour. During rush hour, a third of the subway wagons are reserved for women and children only, to help women avoid groping and sexual harassment. This should be enforced all over the world, including Japan and India.

December 30, 2012 at 4:59 am
(7) goindia says:

There are women’s only compartments in the Mumbai local train during all hours.

June 7, 2013 at 2:26 am
(8) RajuRajkot says:

This is true for Indian women as well. My wife was violently groped by a group of nasty regular travellers (we call them up-down wale) while we were travelling in a crowded train. (Mumbai to Surat).
My wife was separated from me as a group of around 8-10 men pushed themselves between us. Soon they started touching her boobs and within minutes they started groping her furiously. The session lasted for 45 minutes but non of the other passangers stopped them. All were enjoying the scene. When they got down at next station, my wife’s blouse and bra were completely un buttoned and her boobs were fully naked.(Sorry for the language used here but this is to inform and caution all readers)

June 7, 2013 at 6:04 am
(9) goindia says:

Oh my gosh, that is disgusting behavior! :-( How dreadful for your wife to experience that and even worse that no one would help. It’s appalling. Thank you for sharing.

September 21, 2013 at 9:53 am
(10) MythBuster says:

What rubbish…One of our over enthusiast Indian is using all the imagination to the hilt to…perhaps have some sympathy vote..no such instance (to the magnitude narrated) can happen and that too in a train…nd in the rarest of the rare event it has to happen….atleast some ppl will come forward to offer help…apart from the ones who belong to thew same group of hooligans…
plus it would be out in the media…these days…media which is always on the ‘high alert’ and would result in nabbing the offenders….it would be a ‘breaking news’….

Unfortunately, some ppl do involve themselves in groping in public crowded places and there is some touching and bumping, even though unacceptable…nothing beyond in most of the cases…

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