Submitted by Newseditor on Sun, 2015-12-27 19:43 Bengaluru: Here is what real feminism is all about! What grit and gumption is all about! Here is a lady who has proven once again that putting up a fight for a cause transcends the presumed limitations of a gender. All she did was muster up her will to beat the hell out of a man who was messing up with the women on a busy street of the Big Bean Town. Prakruti P K, a journalist with a reputed publication was out shopping on Commercial Street with three of her friends on Saturday evening when a light flashed on her rendering her numb for a second. Nope! It was not some divine manifestation but an instant provocation that set her conscience alive and kicking! The brief moment of stupefaction translated into a quick presence of mind and Lo! The source of light was right there. It was approaching her from the opposite direction. It was a voyeur who had just clicked her picture on his phone and trying to conceal the instrument before fleeing the place. Prakruthi chased him and yelled at him to halt. His steps turned brisker and before he could accelerate further, there she was fuming and ready to unleash…. right in front of him at the corner next to Krishnaiah Chetty. Before he could realise what was about to befall him, his phone had reached her hands. But he had managed to lock it by then and feigned ignorance regarding its passcode. When Prakruti’s voice took a dangerous tone demanding him to show the picture gallery, the visibly shaken man took to the clichéd defensive-"Sister, I have not taken any photos. Why will I do such a thing?" When verbal persistence did not work out, PrakrutI force-opened the gallery and to her utter dismay, she was not the only girl in the gallery! This lecher had taken the snaps of 20-25 random women on the same street! She felt a blood rush and started giving him an earful. Soon a crowd gathered around and her friends also reached her by then. She flagged down a passing traffic constable and explained the situation to him. He immediately called upon his law-and-order counterparts and the next moment the Peeping Tom was in the Commercial Street Police Station. After a thorough interrogation by the police inspector, the pervert blurted out that his name was Manoj Roy, a native of Kolkata. He is working with a sales and marketing firm in Chennai for the past six years, apparently unmarried and had moved to a rented house in Kamakshipalya, Bengaluru, about a month ago. When questioned about his motive behind the “random” click, it was as if a cat had cut his…err tongue! However, police suspect that he might have circulated these pics on social media or even even morphed them on various websites, as a majority of such offenders tend to do. This is how Prakruti muses at her next discovery about Manoj in her social media post-“Oh, and the icing on the cake? He's 40 years old, and today (December 26) is his birthday. What a vile, disgusting excuse for a man? He claimed he wasn't married and didn't have any children”. A probe by the police is on to find out the veracity of his claims. A case has been registered under Section 92 of the Karnataka Police Act and two mobile phones and some documents seized from him. Indeed! Prakruti has set an example as a responsible citizen in a democratic country and a working journalist. Gender can never be a bar when someone has to stand up for something right. The womenfolk could emulate her act of bravado in similar circumstances instead of being the mute victims to such creepy acts by despos. The message also goes well for the menfolk who chose to overlook such instances happening right under their nose.