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Attack

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February 18th, 2009


From 13:10 to 13:40 | 17.02.2009

Attack 1
At 13:00 I finish German Language class at Max Mueller Bhavan, get into my car start driving home. Almost immediately I notice a motorbike with 2 men chasing horning, hooting, and over-taking my car in a dangerous manner.

Attack 2
I turn onto 100ft road. The bikers follow me, then while over-taking the driver shouts at me and spits onto the window of my car. I make an angry gesture at this unprovoked action. The bikers then block my car from the front and ride very slowly. Cars behind us are now honking loudly.

Attack 3
I arrive at the 100ft Rd and 12th Main junction. I intend to take a right and have my right indicator on. The bikers also take the right turn and then stop their vehicle in such a way as to obstruct my passage.

The driver of the bike proceeds to get off his bike and starts attacking my car. For the next 5-6 minutes he then proceeds to beat on the car and shout obscenities in Kannada. I do not retaliate in anyway. No-one tries to help!

The pillion biker looks shocked at his friends actions and begins to roll the bike to the left side of the road. I seize the chance, and try to drive away. While doing so, the front bumper of my car grazes the bumper of the bike. This infuriates the attacker further.

Attack 4
He gets onto his bike and chases me. I realize that I don’t know where the police station is in this locality, and decide to seek refuge in my friends house. With the attacker following me closely, I drive straight into the basement parking area of No, 266, Vars Magnolia, 7th Main and 1st Cross, Indiranagar 2nd Stage.

The attacker parks his bike outside and pursues me into the building. I get out of my car in an attempt to flee, but he corners me against my car and proceeds to shout obscenities while constantly stepping closer and closer to me. This goes on for about 5-10 minutes. I do not retaliate verbally except to shout for help from the security guard.

By now he is less than a foot away from me. I cannot move back as my car is behind me. I slap him on his right cheek. He lunges at me and tries to punch my face, I manage to evade him, however he succeeds in punching my jaw.

At this action of his, I start to shout at him loudly in Kannada about his shamelessness at raising his hand on a woman. He is startled and steps back. The security guard now steps in and tries to push him out of the building.
I use this opportunity to run towards the staircase.

I have just managed to climb 4 steps up when I realize that the attacker has run outside to the road and has started to come running back in with a large stone in his hand. He is continuously shouting and swearing.

I run upstairs and find the resident of the 1st floor apartment rushing out of her house. I caution her about going downstairs. The attacker is still shouting. I hear a crashing sound as he throws the stone at my car.

From the 1st floor apartment window, I can see that the attacker is waiting outside the gate of the building. I ask the owner of the apartment to call the police, but she refuses to do so. I then ask her to call the guard via the intercom and ask him to take down the license plate number of the attackers motorbike. By the time the guard picks up the phone, the attacker rides away.

Post-mortem

On questioning the guard, he said that the attacker took down the license plate number of my car and threatened to find and harm/kill me later. None of the neighbors who were watching helped or took down the license plate number of the attackers vehicle!

I have never felt like leaving my country for good. Yesterday I felt that. For that day I was homeless and orphaned and helpless in a way like never before. The residual feeling today is one of deep sadness at the frailty of humanity. The end of innocence for having stared at the nobility of the human spirit caving into the heart of darkness.

I am tired.

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  • oh my god archana!! is this true?? that is f*** infuriating!! i am so mad and sickened and disgusted!! what the f***
    i cant believe that nobody came out to help. nobody did anything! are you alright? you’re probably totally shaken up! you should have this article written and printed in the newspaper,and mention the stupid bitch who lived in that apt, including the sickness of people who refused to help. i am so bloody mad!! what the hell is this country becoming?? i am so ashamed of india and indians. so revolted!!
    the only thing that matters seems to be if you know any politicians who can take action for you. I do, so let me know if you need any names and phone numbers. i will give it to you right away. i will also call you later today. i am absolutely sickened that my blog entry is going to have to wait. i feel so totally, completely ashamed!

  • btw, please report this to the police if you haven’t done so already. it is imperative that they have your statement and complaint. also, take photos of your car, and of your face.
    give them a total description of the attackers as well. its good that you got the whole thing mapped out and documented. i am so so sorry arch.

  • O shit arcna, what is happening? Have you had a glimpse of any of these attackers before. This is terrible. Do you think they arte from Ram sena & that sort?
    i shall call you now.
    Take care.

  • I am reading your post again & again.
    I really think our country is going to dogs. Be careful Arcna, Karnataka hsa a strong BJP hold and women are a subject in their facist ideals.
    Did you contact the police… not just a complaint, but if possible file a FIR, give descriptions, whatever you remember.
    Also contact women’s groups like Vimochana.
    About people coming to help, I think everyone is scared. I know, atleast the common sense to write numbers down.
    Anyway, you are smart and if you want to really do some thing as artists on this, as its so relevant to our well-being, lets all join hands and try to fight these forces in our own way…
    I hope these dogs all die.
    But most of all Arcna, please take care of yourself!!!!

  • girls – thanks for your support and anger on my behalf.

    I have spent the last couple of days meeting the ‘good’ cops. Basically the DCP and the IGP. Hopefully, today they will be able to find the required footage taken by a CCTV camera at the 12th Main and 100ft Road junction where the 2nd and 3rd par of the attack happened.

    If this happens and I am successful in identifying the culprit, I’m not sure however if I want to file charges or go to the press and start a ‘vendetta’ cycle with this man.

    I live alone, and do not want to live life here looking over my shoulder all the time. It’s a bit of a damned if I do, and damned if I don’t situation. But one thing for sure is that knowing who this attacker is, and having him ‘shadowed’ by the cops will make me feel a little safer.

    Now, my big attempt is to try and bounce back into a positive and energetic state of mind. I have been soo tired and sad the last couple of days.

  • I want to convert this ‘lack of energy’ ’empty’ and ‘numb’ feeling into a work…this is what I will do this weekend…will keep you posted of course.