While the police claim that special squads patrol malls, theatres, railway stations and other public places to curb cases of sexual harassment, experts say that not enough is being done.
More acts of violence against women shocked the city on Monday as a 22-year-old man from kalwa strangulated his wife of three months with her dupatta before running away. In Thane, a 45-year-old man set his house on fire to teach his wife a lesson, but fortunately no one was injured.
These attacks on women highlight the need for women safety in a patriarchal society that is not gender sensitive, said behavioural experts.
The Kalwa police are on the lookout for Ajay Jadhav who had married Yasin three months ago after converting to Islam. He had taken the name Mohammad Mustafa Sheikh after that.
Inspector Raosaheb Jadhav from Kalwa police station said Sheikh had been living with Yasin’s family and was unemployed. The family said this became the reason for regular fights between the couple.
On Monday morning, too, the couple fought over the same reason, and an enraged Sheikh strangled Yasin with her dupatta and fled.
In Thane, Yashwant Fadtare told police that his wife would often fight with him over his drinking habit and his unemployment. He said she did not respect him and so he set the house on fire to teach her a lesson. Both his son and wife were out of the house during the incident, police said. But it could have been a disaster as there was a gas cylinder in the flat that could have exploded in the fire. However, the fire was doused by the fire brigade.