- No one stepped up to protest or support the woman on the bus
- But the graphic video she made got over 31,000 reactions
- From what the woman wrote, it seems the man was a repeat offender
The video got over 31,000 reactions, 23,000 comments and 35,000 shares within hours of being posted around 1 pm. The police posted news of the offender's arrest around 8:30 pm on its Facebook page. By 10:30 pm, the post had 36,000 reactions.
While this is an example of social media at its most effective, the problem the young woman faced is not uncommon. Also worrying was that no one stepped up to protest or support her when she did call it out on the bus.
"That's a really sad commentary on the city," said several Kolkata residents. "But the Kolkata Police has earned a lot of respect and goodwill for its prompt action."
From what the woman wrote, it seems the man was a repeat offender. And what appears to have shocked her as much as the crime is that neither on Saturday nor some days ago when the man committed the same offence did the conductor or other passengers protest, catch him and hand him over to police.
"My friend and I were heading home from Hedua around noon today on bus number 30B/1," she wrote. "Suddenly, I saw this man staring at me and 'misbehaving' in front of everyone and nobody said a word," she said.
"When I complained to the bus conductor, he laughed and said, 'what can I do, you tell me, who knows what is on his mind'. I shouted loudly, 'catch him, he is misbehaving with me'. But no one protested, no one said a word.
"The same thing had happed 15 days ago. I had got scared and had not protested. But this time I did. I want justice," she said.
"This is the man. He has been caught and will be punished most definitely," the police wrote on its Facebook page alongside a photo of the offender.
Roy, a hawker by trade, is a resident of Baidyabati in Hooghly district.
The police described Roy as a man with a diseased mind and signed off on the post saying, "Punishment is certain. Keep the faith."
Thousands of people have commented on the Kolkata Police post, thanking them for their prompt action.
The post, however, did not specify what he has been charged with and what punishment the crime will attract.