Delhi has been in the news for the past few years as the city unsafe for women.The papers carry news about crimes against women almost every day, but there’s sometimes there’s an unnoticed act of kindness that pleasantly surprises you. Not because humanity is hard to find, but because it does not usually make it to the front page of the newspapers. This girl, in a post on Humans of Bombay, has one such story to tell. When she was stranded in Delhi on New Year’s Eve, she almost thought her worst nightmare was coming true, until a man helped her get home safe. This is her story.

“People often surprise you. 2 years ago I was in Delhi on 31st December when in the middle of the night I got separated from my friends and to make things worse I had misplaced my cell phone. I was terrified at that point — it was past midnight, there was not a single cab in sight. I tried asking five or six women for their cellphones but they looked through me and walked away.

I was lost and just standing on the road when a man approached me and asked me what was wrong. All kinds of things were going through my mind — you hear so much about Delhi being unsafe that I was terrified, but this man who came upto me said, ‘don’t worry, I only want to help you’ — and that’s what he did. He cancelled his own plans and dropped me to safety. That’s the thing with this world — we read so much that we stop believing that someone wants to help and on the day I needed it the most, it came not from the 6 women who I thought would help me out, but the 1 man who approached me. Not all men are like the ones you read in the papers…so stop believing it.”

This small act of kindness would never receive major limelight, but it’s so much more powerful than many acts of violence put together. It averted so many things that could have gone wrong that it gives people hope that maybe better times are on their way. 

So dear young man who helped her, thank you. Not all heroes wear capes, some just offer you a safe ride home.

Thank you for restoring a cynical world’s faith in humanity.