Like most girls that age, I wore all kinds of clothes including shorts and slim skirts. But the day the incident happened I was wearing a salwar kameez and crossing the crowded Dadar foot overbridge in Mumbai.
Some rogue tried to feel me up from behind and I just recall using my bony elbow very forcefully to get him off. Fortunately, it worked and I rushed between two ladies who were a little ahead.
I was really shaken. Once I got home, I spoke to my mother.She comforted me, cautioned and shared her experiences.
After the incident, I did not go via Dadar for a while and would do a long walk from the previous station to college. And I never wore that outfit again.
At 16 you are supposed to feel ready to take on the world.
But at no age is one ready to take on such unsavoury encounters.
Also goes to reinforce that as parents, we need to be there for our children.
Even if they seem all grown up and capable.