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HindustanTimes Tue,23 Dec 2014

Mumbai: photo by stylist helps cops catch men who harassed her

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, September 04, 2013
First Published: 10:03 IST(4/9/2013) | Last Updated: 14:02 IST(4/9/2013)

The police have detained the two bike-borne men who allegedly harassed a 23-year-old fashion stylist in an autorickshaw off Malad Link Road on Saturday afternoon.

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The police had circulated the picture clicked by the woman, which went viral on social networking sites, to policemen patrolling the area.

Sunil Paraskar, regional additional commissioner of police, said, “The two men have been identified as Ketan and Atul. They work as civic clean-up marshals and were detained from their Malad office.”

The woman’s f riend, an assistant film director, had uploaded the image of the two men on various social networking sites.

Describing the i ncident, the assistant director said her friend was travelling in an autorickshaw when the men on the bike started to follow her.

“They followed her rickshaw, they were obvious about their interest and didn’t stop rash riding next to her for a very long time, just so they could stare and make remarks. When the rickshaw driver told them to back off and ride properly, they held on to her rickshaw,” she wrote, adding that faces of such people deserved to be exposed.

The police said they wouldn’t be able to register a complaint if the woman didn’t approach t hem.

However, Abraham Mathai, president of Harmony Foundation, wrote a letter to the Mumbai police commissioner and to the Malad police station urging them to file a suo motu complaint to “instill confidence in the women of the city who are at the moment reeling under intense fear in view of the several attacks against them that have taken place in the recent weeks”.

“Such lackadaisical attitude by the police only emboldens such offenders to carry out criminal acts with impunity and therefore I request the police to consider this as an intervention by the Harmony Foundation on behalf of the victim and bring to book the offenders,” the letter said. her friend started to move to a different place. But the man allegedly touched her inappropriately. Following an argument, the man hit her friend. Finally the duo changed their seats, but the man followed them and made derogatory remarks. “We walked away and by this time I was crying... he just didn’t seem to be affected by anything. We weren’t in a position to put up a fight because everybody else was blaming me for getting into the general compartment,” she wrote.


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