She is shadowed by fear when she gets dressed in the morning.
‘‘I wouldn’t dream of wearing shorts or skirts in public,’’ she said.
She is petrified by her daily commute to school on public buses.
‘‘Usually I carry a safety pin with me, because in buses there are always men who will try to touch you,’’ Khatri said. ‘‘Some men are so brazen, you tick them off and they will persist on groping you. Then you feel you have to do something. So I stick my pin into them, or I use my elbow, and just jab them with my elbow. But that too makes you afraid.’’
And she has tempered her dreams to fit the reality of life in Delhi. The outgoing badminton enthusiast longed to be an event planner. Instead, she is looking for teaching jobs, ‘‘because then I can be home before dark.’’
If her precautions fail and she is attacked, Khatri has a backup plan, she said.
‘‘I will scream. I always have a scream.’’