Harassing Women in Public

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A social experiment staged by Indian actor Varun Pruthi.

A guy is continuously harassing two women in public, while bystanders keep standing and enjoying the scene (except…).

The experiment was done to find out if women get any help when harassed in public. (In this film the guy harassing and both girls are actors.)


Actor, director, and producer Varun Pruthi has conducted social experiments to raise awareness of the bystander effect in Indian society. For those of you who haven’t heard of the bystander effect, wikipedia defines it as “a social psychological phenomenon that refers to cases in which individuals do not offer any means of help to a victim when other people are present.” This means that when someone is in a particularly dangerous situation most people’s natural reaction is to ignore and move on with their own lives rather than provide aid to the victim.

This is a very concerning issue around the world, especially in India where the issue of bystander effect is seen often with a growing population. People are taught to behave appropriately in a society where they mostly mind their own business and do not offer help to victims. Varun Prithi’s experiment is trying to raise awareness to this issue within India to make a difference to the society. His videos are trending on BBC as they are quite revealing and shocking experiments of the society we live in.


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