A young girl returning home with her colleague early on Monday was pulled inside a car and molested by a group of six miscreants after a brawl over the right of way in northwest Delhi’s Pitampura, police said.
The outrageous incident reiterates the fears of a majority of Delhi women, who feel constantly under threat while travelling on the city’s roads late at night.
The attackers allegedly molested Suman, 21, (name changed) in their pick-up jeep for over 20 minutes and dumped her at a deserted spot. Suman suffered bruises on her arms, while her friend Amit (name changed), who resisted the kidnapping, was clobbered with an iron rod.
Suman and Amit, both Pitampura residents, are colleagues at Genpact’s call centre in Gurgaon. They were returning home at about 2.30 am on Amit’s motorcycle after an office party at Sapphire Club on the Mehrauli-Gurgaon Road.
The attackers pulled over their pick-up jeep, forcing Amit to apply brakes suddenly in front of the Rukmani Public School in CD Block, Pitampura. Police said the attackers misbehaved with Suman since they wanted to hurt Amit’s ego. The group initially picked up an argument with Amit.
“They felt that Amit had not given them enough space to overtake. They took out their anger on Suman. A case of kidnapping and causing hurt has been registered,” said Sanjay Kumar, Additional DCP (Northwest).
Suman hails from Madhya Pradesh and lives in a PG accommodation with friends.
After the assault, the attackers let off Suman who then had to hail an autorickshaw to reach home. The hooligans were absconding till late evening, police said.
Amit told the police he initially thought the six miscreants were teasing Suman. “He said the attackers, wearing pants and vests, jumped out of their jeep and started abusing him. He did not see the attackers approaching him from behind,” said an officer.
The argument over right of way soon turned into a brawl and the attackers started pushing Amit. When he resisted, one of the attackers pulled out an iron rod and struck him on his back, police said.
By this time, Suman also tried to intervene. The attackers then caught hold of her and tried to push her inside their jeep. Amit tried to stop them, said an officer.
“Amit held one of her arms and pulled hard but could not manage to avert the tragedy. In the struggle, Suman’s handbag fell in Amit’s hands,” said the officer. Amit’s motorcycle keys were snatched away by the miscreants.
Since Suman’s mobile phone was kept in the handbag, she could not call anyone for help.
Suman finally hailed an autorickshaw and reached home at about 4.30 am By this time, Amit had informed the police. A journalist who went looking for Suman at her home then took her to the police.