I was caught in a distressing incident in Bangalore. It had been raining lightly when I left from office, and I found myself following a family on a two-wheeler. A bus honked at them, causing the rider to suddenly veer left without putting an indicator. I ended up behind them, and due to the rain, there was water on the road.
As I overtook them, some water splashed onto either the rider or his wife, leading to his anger. He started following me and shouting, which distracted me, and I missed my turn towards Whitefield from Marathahalli. He continued shouting, so I pulled over under an underpass.
Stopping suddenly caused my scooty to wobble dangerously, and I couldn't even put the stand down. It scraped against the side of the road, and he began to physically assault me after looking at my number plate. He didn't even let me talk and started abusing me in Hindi very badly(He was from south) . The assault was so severe that my helmet broke, and my glasses shattered into pieces.
I tried explaining the situation and asking him to stop, but he only responded with more violence, berating me for overtaking from the left. I reminded him that I had honked at him and he had suddenly turned, leaving me with no choice. However, he wouldn't listen and continued his tirade.
His aggression didn't stop, and he even threatened to take me to the police. I looked at his wife, silently urging her to calm him down, and she finally intervened as their daughter began to cry. so after beating the shit out of me and threatening me, like I'm with family, if I was alone I would've taken a nice case of you. His wife persuaded him to leave it so eventually he left and I was left in shock. I stood there still for 15 to 20 minutes figuring out what had just happened.
After collecting the broken pieces of my helmet and glasses in the rain, I tried to calm myself. My legs were shaking, but I focused on finding all the scattered parts of my belongings, which was particularly challenging without my glasses.
As I gathered the pieces, the rain intensified. Even with my raincoat, it was difficult to see clearly without my glasses. I sought shelter under the metro bridge until the rain subsided, then continued my journey home cautiously.
I narrowly avoided colliding with a white Swift Dzire, primarily the other driver's fault, but my shaken state prevented me from fully realizing it at the time. I felt the urge to donate at the Ganpati temple and fulfill my mother's wish to visit a Shiva temple(feels like this is a sign).
During the altercation, I think I injured the finger next to my index finger while trying to defend myself. He struck me with both his left and right hands. Although I wanted to retaliate, I realized that it could make the situation worse, especially in Bangalore traffic, and might lead to an accident.
Reflecting on the incident, I'm thankful that it didn't escalate further. He looked at my vehicle's registration number, and my out-of-state status seemed to provoke him further. I couldn't see his vehicle number as he continuously attacked me.
In summary, I now have swelling on the left side of my nose, which should heal soon, a cut inside my mouth near my upper lip, a swollen and painful finger, a completely shattered pair of glasses, a broken helmet, and lingering mental trauma. At that moment, I contemplated leaving Bangalore and returning to my hometown, overwhelmed by helplessness. It was a lonely and frightening experience, and I hope I never have to endure something like it again. To the aggressor, I can only say, karma will catch up with you.
I'm really sorry for this long post, for those who have read this, Please advice me on what else I could've done, I didn't beat and abuse him back and took the beating since I just wanted to get out of that situation.