Pious and cultured upholders of Hindutva have been making obscene/crank calls to teach moral values to girls who put their phone numbers on the parcels of pink chaddis they couriered them.
These girls were not professional protesters. They were ordinary citizens, who believed in our Constitution and were protesting to uphold it. I hope they don't let these hoodlums frighten them into never taking any such action again!
Women receiving obscene or crank calls is not unheard of in India. And you don't need to send pink chaddis to receive such calls. Most women I know have received some such calls, sometime in their life.
I have received crank calls as a mother of two, and that when there was not even the faintest notion of sending any pink chaddis to anyone ... in 1996.
Obscene calls are just an extension of street sexual assaults, and no victim should blame herself for some pervert's sickness.
I found a way to handle this caller who called whenever I was alone, I can laugh at it today, but it was seriously frightening then.
I made a man's voice and told him that the police had been informed and I was going to thrash the life out of him, and that I had an idea who he was etc etc...
He obviously believed it was a man speaking and since he actually never called again, I guess it worked.
Even if the caller does not immediately stop calling, and even if we do not wish to inform the police, there is no harm in using a man's voice. Keeping a handkerchief on the mouth works well, though I have not tried it.
I would avoid abusing but if one feels that works, why not?
If required we can warn, in a man's voice, that we plan to have him bobitted, we can tell him we have better political connections than he can ever dream of ... whatever works. But we better sound like we mean it. This is not a joke.
[Although it is funny when I look back ... if the caller actually knows the victim he'd probably just die of curiosity wondering who the man on the phone was ;)]
JUST DON'T GET SCARED.
And don't start blaming yourself for sending pink chaddis. I think it's time we learn to blame the culprit and not the victim.
Those who do blame you should know that if tomorrow they were to receive any such calls they will not even have the satisfaction of having participated in a bold and peaceful protest :)
Edited to add these delightful words : I’m still thinking about the word ‘undignified’. What can be more dignified than defiance? What can be more courageous than meeting a congregation of bullies with ribald laughter? The raised middle finger is seldom the politest part of your body. Yet it out-braves every known dignity when it returns the conversation-opener offered by a raised lathi.