Girl kicks harasser off bus
What would a girl normally do if she found herself sexually harassed in public? An 18-year-old girl in Shenyang, capital of northeast China’s Liaoning Province, has become an internet sensation for kicking a sex-pest off a bus, setting a bold example for female commuters.
The student, nicknamed Xiao’ai, first took a photo of the guy, who is (not surprisingly) looking down at the ground, and then she kicked the man off the bus as soon as the bus doors next opened.
“I turned into a ‘tough girl’ in seconds, and kicked him on his lower back…directly kicking him off the bus”, she posted on her personal Sina Weibo account @aiaimiao.
“My friends told me that kind of harassment should not be ignored if it happens. I dared to handle it by myself, but what about others?” added Xiao’ai.
She later told a reporter from local media Liaoshen Evening News that she had been riding a heavily crowded local bus at the time of the incident. She said she had been playing on her cell phone when she felt the man behind rubbing against her with his private parts.
She intended to catch the ‘pervert’, but with magazines in one hand and her phone in the other, her scope for damage was limited. So using her wits, she took a photo with her phone and kicked him off the bus as they arrived at the next station, surprising everyone on board.
When asked why she took photos, she said, “To expose him! Those people should never be tolerated. If there’s no photo, people won’t believe it. There are so many girls that keep silent on this… If anyone encountering this did the same thing as me, less people will get hurt.” She explained.
This year saw a spate of similar stories. Earlier this month online video footage of two more females being harassed went viral online, prompting stronger calls for prevention. One was in a subway in southwest China’s Chengdu, and the other in Shanghai.
Xiao’ai’s kick has been mostly praised China’s netizens, while others took a more cautionary approach.
“Well done! Never lower your head and give in to vicious force.” @Jabinsen
“Not supporting this! Because it might cause accidental injuries, or lead to abusive violence…or, even more seriously, lead to criminal disputes or crime. ”
(Adapted from Liaoshen Evening News)