November 4, 2006

When the journey gets tough..

Filed under: When I get wild — Celia Rexselin @ 12:37 pm

I thought for a while before deciding to post. Very hard. I am dead sure that I might get controversial comments. Or perhaps no comments at all.

Anyway, Since I have decided to say, I have to say. Once, Chennai was a place admired by all. It still it is, for most reasons. But offlate, we have been hearing violence instigated by auto drivers. Yeah, I can see a few nods now. You say, “This has always been there.. fleecing and that”. No, that was always there and is.  This is about the recent attempted rape on few women in the taramani-velachery link road.

The most recent one was very disturbing indeed. People near taramani saw a young woman (working in tidal park) jumping out of a running auto and rushed to her aid. The auto driver seemed to have misbehaved and she jumped out in an attempt to save herself. They gave the guy a good beating and took him to the police station. While the police,  inquired the woman and the driver, the guy told yet another story (I don’t know how true it is) to the police.

It seems the girl and her boy friend were  travelling together and were sharing some private moments in the auto itself. The friend got down at taramani and the auto had to leave her in Velachery.  The driver thought that the girl was a easy?? something and decided to make use of the time. Well, you know the rest.

Now, why did I decide to post? I thought I will share some suggestions that we people follow here.

To the girl:

1) Between taramani-velachery, always use a share auto. And, always get in only if there are other people there. Never get in alone.

2) If you wanna travel alone, use the autos in the stand besides MRTS station. Here too, it is advisable to get in with atleast one more friend.

3) Before you get in, have a good look at the auto driver and check for symptoms like drunkards, over friendly ones and couple drivers (Yeah, sometimes there are two in the driver seat). They can really be a pest sometimes.

4) But if you happen to notice trouble after you have got in, make good use of your cell phone. It would be better to keep talking to dad or mom or an imaginary brother.

5) Always carry items like safety pins, hair clips etc in your bag. I am sure most of you do.

6) If you happen to travel with your boy friend, treat him like just another friend. There is no harm in that. You always do that to your friends and parents.

To the Guy:

1) Am at a loss of words here. I can only say one thing. If you are in a relationship and really care for the girl, please drop her at her home if it is dark outside. Girls can sometime try to be daringly independent. But insist on this.

2) Please refrain from your usual behaviour here. I respect your love and relationship. I hope certain things are better left unsaid. What say?



  1. hmm… there have been plenty number of cases. notonly in chennai.. in blr also. But, cannot remember any incidents!.. Nice advice for fellow travellers :)…

    Comment by sujit — November 4, 2006 @ 2:15 pm | Reply

  2. If the auto driver’s narration was true, I would blame the girl. Why cant girls behave in the public, if they are decent?

    If not, ladies are in serious trouble in Chennai, which is concerning.

    Comment by Usha — November 4, 2006 @ 3:35 pm | Reply

  3. Agree with Usha.

    Well, not to be rude or anything, but I would tell the girl/guy, if she/they wanna have fun, try to find a place other than something which is a poor chap’s only tool to eke out a living.

    I’m pretty sure that if the autowalla had done something untoward and the event made headlines, the backseat guy would get really really embarrassed and would have been too chicken to come out into the open.

    Comment by ttm — November 4, 2006 @ 4:40 pm | Reply

  4. If I’d been a poor autodriver, I’d have stopped and asked the two to find a different auto 🙂

    Comment by ttm — November 4, 2006 @ 4:42 pm | Reply

  5. I wud have simply told them.. Find a freakin room will ya?!!

    And if the Auto driver was misbehaivng, next time she shud find a women auto driver!! what say?

    Comment by Nanyaar? — November 6, 2006 @ 7:03 am | Reply

  6. Girl-Guy public caressing is not new to Chennai. But, it has never come to the limelight coz of the shy public. Again, no point in blaming the girl alone. Both need to understand this. And as far as the auto drivers are concerned, I wonder what will happen!!!

    If not for this, fleecing is definitely there. Remember if you come to this part of the world.

    Comment by Bindu — November 7, 2006 @ 9:47 am | Reply

  7. Ada makka…naan rendu varusham velachery la thaane irundaen…
    inda kandraavi ellam naan paakave illa…adu sari…office kkum veetukkum shuttle adichcha idellam eppadi teriyum 😦

    Comment by harish — November 8, 2006 @ 1:56 pm | Reply

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