These Stray Dogs Protect And Guard Every Woman At Marine Drive, Mumbai
19 Mar 2016
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Dogs are simply the best. They are wonderful, loving, fiercely loyal and protective of you. They are definitely God's gift to human kind though one has to wonder what exactly have we done to deserve them.
But let us get back to why dogs are awesome. And here is just the story to go with it. Natasha Hemrajani, an independent photographer from Mumbai, posted on Facebook about an amazing incident that she witnessed and experienced on the 17th of February, around 11 PM at Nariman Point. Here is what happened:
'So something magical happened tonight. I met.. This amazing vigilante Dog Squadron. They're self appointed protectors of women walking along Marine Drive. These three come running up to any woman with tail wags and love, but bark and charge at any man / group of men who look semi shady or walk by unaccompanied by women. As soon as I sat down they formed a protective circle around me and also charged every guy passing by who stared in my direction. Unless these guys had women with them! Incredible. I love the world a little more today and dogs forever, of course; Anyone wanting to test this out can find the Women's Hero Squad at the very end of Nariman Point, opp the NCPA's main drive-in gate. Dogs : 1, Men 0.'
These dogs not only sat around her and kept her guarded but also formed ranks to protect other women around. It is heartening to see such compassion coming from a different species.
Natasha's story is one that touches a lot of emotions at the same time. For starters, it solidifies our belief that dogs are absolutely the greatest. It also makes us think a little bit about ourselves. It has come to a point when even these stray dogs realize how unsafe our country is for women and yet we continue to do nothing about it. These dogs prove one thing though. All we need to do, is stand up to this culture of fear and oppression
Everyday women step out of their houses, into a hostile world, where they always have to be on guard. "How great it would be if cops actually trained local strays to be the vigilantes in the neighborhood. You have no idea how wonderful and safe it makes you feel as a woman to have somebody looking out for you on the streets at night. For the first time I actually felt vindicated and empowered and cherished for being a woman on the street at night; instead of the usual on-your-guard self we all are" says Natasha.
We hope that these dogs continue to remain the way they are and make the women of Mumbai feel safe at night.