Predators, Prey-shamers & the Jungle Book of Sexual Harassment

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Predators, Prey-shamers & the Jungle Book of Sexual Harassment

Illustration: Akshita Monga/Arré

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he predator surveys the outback of Mumbai’s Khar Road railway station. His prey seem ripe for the picking today. The only question is, which one? There’s a buffet here.

There’s that Giraffe in the sari; the flashes of her stomach are enough to make any bhai go, “Aye hai.” Then there’s the Doe with the earphones, her lips moving almost imperceptibly along with the song as she waits for the train… irresistible. And there, in the distance, that Wee Little Chicken in her school uniform, on her way to tuition. The predator knows that if he waits a little longer, the number of prey will multiply with the arrival of the Borivali Slow. God is kind indeed.

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