It’s been six years of living in Delhi/NCR, and I am tired of answering questions on how safe the city is for women. Yes, there are enough and more horrible things that happen here, but for all that, there are people here who are genuine and look out for each other.
A Facebook post by Neha Das, a resident of Delhi, will most certainly restore your faith in goodness and humanity.
It was a regular workday for Neha, who left office a little after midnight, after completing and wrapping up her work for the day. With winter having set in, the streets were not just empty but also foggy, and Neha waited outside her office in an attempt to find an auto rickshaw to take her home.
A short while later, an auto pulled up in front of her, and when she asked the driver about the fare, he said, “Madam mein khuch nehi leta ladkiyon se itni raat ko. Unko thik se ghar pauchana zyada zaroori hein“ (Madam I do not charge any fare from girls at this hour. Getting them safely home is what is important).
Neha, like perhaps anyone in her position, was taken aback at hearing this. In her post, she writes, “I stood there wondering if he is for real. Delhi is full of shitty people, but there is this kind as well.”
She goes to write that while she tried giving him some money once she reached home, he refused to take it. So, Neha decided to click a picture of this good samaritan instead and found out that his name was Praveen Ranjan.
She ends the post by saying, “Thank God for such nice, genuine people. There is always good in things around us. We probably don’t come across it often.”
Here is Neha’s Facebook post.
We, at The Better India, salute and thank Praveen Ranjan, a man who goes out of his way to help girls in a city which otherwise has a nasty reputation.
(Edited by Gayatri Mishra)