Dipesh, Mumbai man helps women in distress: In 2012, Delhi Nirbhaya Gangrape case shook the entire country and it left a permanent mark on our collective memories. After this incident a man from Mumbai, Dipesh Tank and his nine friends started a campaign called ‘War against Railway Rowdies’ in 2013. They helped the railway police to catch sexual harasser in Mumbai Trains.Dipesh explained how he feels when someone is applauding for what he is doing and not joining him. He said “I feel that I miserably failed at my job!” Though poor financial conditions forced Dipesh to drop out of college, he never stopped learning.
Dipesh admits that he has been over-looking incidents of sexual harassment against women all these years. But he was no longer ready to accept it as a routine thing. He started with his surroundings. He would educate women about domestic violence and help them fight against it.
He discussed the idea of starting a social movement within the office with his friends, which was welcomed. However, when Dipesh approached the railway police for help, they seemed to be indifferent about this issue. In August 2013, the group started a campaign called ‘War against railway rowdies’ (WARR) and started a survey at Malad station with a questionnaire to know how safe women feel at the station or in the train.His NGO, ‘Youth for people’ has also achieved a lot in the past ten years. They began a notebook donation program in 2014 to address the lack of affordable blank notebooks for school children in the rural community. 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,” he says with a smile.
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