I used to come to my uncle’s house every weekend. Mondays were really sad because I had to return to the hostel. Every Fridays I would reach my uncle’s house by 5 p.m in the evening. There’s a huge ground near the house. It remained otiose for a good period of time until some guys took an initiative to clean it up and started their practice sessions in football and cricket. During random talks with my aunt, I found out that some boys who came to play there in the ground were drug addicts. The people in the surroundings were fed up giving complaints about their atrocities.
One day my aunt left for work saying, “Don’t open the door. No matter who comes, don’t open it. I’ll call you when I’m home.” I said, ” Okay auntie. I’ll never open.” I was left alone at home. A few minutes after my aunt’s departure, someone rang the bell. I peeped out of the window. There were three guys standing outside. I didn’t open the door. They left. I told my aunt about this and she told me that she would lock the door thereafter whenever she left the house.
Months later I vacated my hostel room and moved into my uncle’s house. I would see these guys every day when I reached home after college. I was curious to know what they did. My aunt had told me not to open the windows of my room since it gave me a direct view of the ground from there. So did those guys. I once tried capturing a video of them at night and accidentally my phone flashed. They might have noticed me. They might have seen me whenever I came to the terrace, when I was brushing my teeth, combing my hair…..
“I’ll come only at 5 in the evening. Be safe. Lock the doors upstairs.” She left for work. I went upstairs into my room and sat down to read.
A few minutes later I heard someone closing the door gently. What was that??? I stepped out of my room and I was dumbstruck with terror when I saw one of those guys inside the house!!! How the heck did he get inside I thought… “Hello dear…. Should have locked the door to the terrace.”
He came closer. I grabbed my deodorant from the table, sprayed it into his eyes and ran down the stairs as fast as I could. I never knew I could run that fast. I reached for the door. Damn!!!! Auntie…. Never lock the door from the outside again. Then I snatched the keys from the key holder, opened the door and ran outside the gate. Luckily the gate was not locked… Thank God. I puffed and panted and reached our neighbor Karthika’s house. “Can you help me????”
“This is all that happened that day auntie…” My aunt did not speak a word for a minute or two. She just stared upon my face.
She burst out, “Why didn’t you say this to me until now and even Karthi did not speak a word about this!” I said, “Auntie, do you remember what you told me yesterday? You told me that you wouldn’t let anyone fool you on All fools’ day. Well…. April fool.” I burst out into laughter. And my aunt was like “Good heavens! What will I do with this kid????”
In my case, it’s just a fabricated story for All fools’ day. But for many women and girls out there, this has been a reality. What if it happened to your sister or your mother or your friend???
What would you do?
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