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There exist people with superpowers.
They read situations with razor wits and instinct; they deploy mind control.
They size up their attackers and draw out the appropriate weapon – an earsplitting scream, a filthy look, a well-connected slap.
They are — the average woman in Delhi.
Consider this: Delhi, the Indian capital, has the highest number of reported rapes in the country and is considered the most dangerous large city for women in India. Yet, women are everywhere in this sprawling metropolis, fighting their superhero battles. Squeezed in tight on the bus to work. At overcrowded markets where hands wander. At the local bar, where they knock back a whisky but hold their drink close enough to fling it at the lecherous perv if he edges too close.
Molestation, euphemistically termed eve teasing in India, is hardly unique to Delhi, or India for that matter. But in a country where tradition and modernity flirt, and fumble, and fight, women end up honing superhuman skills to size up a situation at any given time and make detailed calculations in split seconds for their safety.
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