On the morning of 3rd January 2017, one of my readers from a different city asked me about Bangalore’s mass molestation on NYE night and my observation of the same. I was clueless about any mass molestation that could have taken place in MG Road, Brigade Road area as I opted to stay at home this year. Also, I stopped following mainstream media stories after realizing how they had created false stories around Nirbhaya rape.
So to understand and to investigate into the matter I tried to search on the web and in social media. The source of all news seemed to be a Bangalore Mirror article that first claimed about mass molestation of Bangalore women on NYE night. So I tried to read the same to understand what really happened –
Bangalore Mirror took one full day to report such a crime or it was an afterthought?
Looks like Bangalore Mirror’s Swamiji didn’t realize until 2nd January that there was such a grave crime committed in Bangalore. He thought his images would be convincing enough for the world to believe in his words.
I started investigating the images that the article shared.
The most discussed image to prove molestation happened media showed this image –
This image was shown as a woman being groped. Except for her facial expression, we don’t see anything and if her facial expression could prove anything of molestation then the two irritated men circled by me also shows to be raped. I am not sure how Bangalore Mirror could show that image as molestation unless being surrounded by men (and we don’t know if they were known to the woman) is actually molestation for women.
Given below is the second image in the article but I have taken it from India Today News for clarity.
This image also does not show any mass molestation unless men looking at women is considered as mass molestation. It is only on journalist’s imagination to find out molestation here.
The image below shows a woman being rescued by a policewoman and another woman is with another man who looks like her boyfriend and media captioned this as “Bengaluru Molestation” –
The reason the guy looks like her boyfriend or husband is because she is also hugging that man closely. I guess no woman will clutch on to their molesters like the one shown here.
So the question is, whether the drunken girl who is visibly in no condition to walk, was being molested? Clearly, men didn’t come forward to help her (could be a possible feminist reason to bash insensitive men if this story was not about molestation) and here the policewoman just could be taking her to a place where she could rest. From no angle we can see mass molestation here, neither does this photo suggest any.
Given below are another photo where a woman is helped to walk and no molester in sight. Anyone who ever went to such crowded New Year Eve parties would have noticed how women get tipsy over a small drink and behave that way. Nothing to show mass molestation.
So helping someone walk or rescuing a woman become evidence of molestation here in the lens of Swamiji.
The above picture shows a man rescuing a woman and not too many people around. This could be that they were trying to avoid crowd unless the man himself is shown as molester here. However, this picture does not show anything like that.
In the image below, we find a group of men and woman walking. None of the women seems to be disturbed but still, it is shown as an image of molestation and women safety issue.
Now let’s come to these two epic images that even in your wildest imagination you can’t think of anything wrong happening to women.
In the first image of three men, one Punjabi man is helped by his friends to stand. Visibly he may be drunk heavily but with no woman around, it is unlikely these three men were mass molesting someone.
In the second image, there is only one worried man whom the girls are not even noticing. But the creative Bangalore Mirror journalist found a molester somewhere. Surprisingly, the only man (who could be possible molester per the media) in this second image looks more worried than the women. 😀
In the image above, also shown by Bangalore Mirror and all the leading Indian and Global media, we see the crowd is being dispelled by police. The people seem to walk calmly and we find girls talking to each other. The boys around the girls look like walking in a group and no way look like molesting the girls. The man who looks scared of the policeman is far from any molestation unless the photographer could read his mind beforehand that he was about to pounce on the girls.
The above image is also shown as proof of molestation where we clearly see two guys taking their girlfriends along. Visibly the girls are not hitting out to these boys and they can’t be molesting the girls while seeming like taking care of them.
The Guardian reported this to prove mass molestation based on a woman’s FB post –
Surprisingly everyone is supposed to believe her statement especially when on merely getting FB friend request she can “punch the guy’s face with a bat”
Her other Facebook posts also portray her to naturally abusive and it is a surprise to see that media like The Guardian promoted her FB post to prove a story that happened elsewhere.
When I failed to see anything beyond mass gathering and unrest thereof, I tried to find out the videos posted by mainstream media or individuals on NYE parties in Bangalore. Surprisingly all videos contained the same images to prove molestation as given in Bangalore Mirror.
Then I saw a tweet from Bangalore’s Police Commissioner that if the complaint is raised by anyone they will take action –
So that clarified that until 2nd January evening 8:50 PM IST there was no complaint filed by anyone including those journalists who were showing us their story of supposed molestation. This also included women helpline numbers.
The Logical Indian came out with a story on this matter as well but only after two full days. In the article, they claimed to have spoken with one of the victims and her story is not worth believing too. Per The Logical Indian article, this girl was in a group of seven when she was molested by a stranger. Then other six surrounded her. Still, she was groped by another stranger and she chased him. Surprisingly, when her friends were surrounding her they could realize all these happened. A Story very difficult to believe by commoners.
Also, the question arises, how could The Logical Indian team meet a victim. The article does not say the victim contacted Logical Indian, it says The Logical Indian met the victim. It is not possible unless TLI was present at the molestation place. Again, when her own friends didn’t realize what happened, it is only idiotic to think someone else will realize that.
Finally the golden words from the editor in chief of The News Minute. She examined the CCTV evidence and still there was no evidence found –
There is no denying that on every NYE, MG Road, Brigade Road areas in Bangalore see a mass gathering of unruly people. The celebration turns wild. So much that three years ago when I went there for the first time, I decided not to go there again for my safety reasons. Anyone who visits such places needs to remember that pushing, shoving, random comments etc would happen. One random drunk woman tried to hug me and wish Happy New Year. There were women throwing flying kisses to random guys or hugging strangers. Only when it is done by women it is not considered as groping or molestation, else media is there to create such stories. It is like Times of India creating their own campaign that the juvenile was most criminal and everyone believed that even though that was media imagination.
Addition on 4th Jan 7:38 PM IST
And after examining the CCTV footage the Bangalore police chief says this –
One word of Caution
Recently there is a video of molestation came up from Kamanahalli. It shows a woman being manhandled in deserted streets in the wee hours at night. The video does not show mass molestation in MG Road as projected by the media but is being used by everyone to prove what media said. This is indeed shameful for us as men are being stereotyped by such campaigns without any evidence. Our urge as always is let the police take action if there is evidence but the initial evidence shown by Mirror does not show anything.
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