Yesterday's incident happened close to the spot of December 16 gangrape of braveheart. This is a chilling reminder of what Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has been saying about insecure women in Delhi, but doing nothing.
Vani was attacked by five men while driving home near Greater Kailash locality in busy South Delhi on Thursday night and nobody came to her help. This kind of insensitive and callous public behaviour has been condemned by the Supreme Court.
Making observations during the hearing of the case of woman being beaten in full public view by Punjab Police in Tarn Taran, the court asked why nobody tried to help the victim while she was being mercilessly beaten."What is the accountability of citizens? People were standing around ..what were they doing? Are we becoming a senseless society? This happens every day in all parts of the country," the judges had said.
Hence, Vani Tripathi's experience cannot be dismissed as case of road rage. She says she was on her way home with a friend last night when her car got into an accident.
"A vehicle hit my car from the back. They seemed drunk, they tried to pull out my driver and get into my car," Tripathi said.
"No one helped, there were thousands of cars on this road in Delhi. I fear what would have happened if my driver was not present."
"Horrifying accident just got saved car smashed and on top of it five men tried to get inside my car all drunk am I alive?#shamedelhi" she tweeted at around 7.40 pm.
"Called 100 police did arrive but by the time they did if I had not locked myself in the car could've been dead, raped anything was possible!"
The men allegedly escaped before the police arrived.
Vani Tripathi says, "can you imagine this was almost one kilometer away from the very spot Delhi brave heart lost her life! What are we talking about?safety???"
She was referring to December's barbarous attack on a young medical student. She was assaulted with an iron rod and gang-raped on a bus. The student died of her injuries two weeks later.
The December incident shook Delhi and the nation on the issue of safety of women, leading to new laws on crimes against women.
Vani Tripathi is an actor by profession and has been an activist on issues related to youth and women.