Meet @dipeshtank the hero who wears special glasses and helps the police nab harassers red-handed.
Dipesh grew up in the slums of Mumbai. His mother worked to make both ends meet since his father didn’t keep well. With a 12 hour catering job, she used to come home at odd hours, which the neighbours found deeply discomforting. But Dipesh had immense respect for her.
At 16, he quit his education and started helping out with the expenses. He worked his way up and landed a job with a reputed ad agency in Mumbai.
One day on his way back home from work, he saw a group of men harassing women in the local trains.
Narrating the incident to a local Social page, he said : “I saw a group of men harassing women who were trying to get into the ladies compartment. I couldn’t fight them alone, so I went to the cops who initially tried to dismiss me. After some coaxing, one of the officers came with me, but by then these men had left. I was really affected by this - I thought of my mother who would return home late after work and being harassed in this manner… wouldn’t I have done something? I couldn’t let it go.” He discussed the incident with his friends and started researching intensively. They found out that such incidents are common in the locals and no one is doing much about it. So Dipesh invested in buying a pair of sunglasses with a built-in HD camera.
He started recording everything that goes on in the local trains. “My documentation made me feel sick- I got a taste of being in these women’s shoes,” he said.
In 2013, Dipesh and his 9 friends started a campaign called, War against Railway Rowdies. (WARR). And soon police officers started working with Dipesh.
The live feed from the recordings caught the offenders on camera and by the time they reached the next station, the police officers were waiting to nab them.
Within 6 months, they managed to get 140 offenders jailed
We salute you gentlemen @dipeshtank ,need more like you ❤🙏. #dipeshtank #savehumanity #humanity