Teena Mahajan loved to drive down to her workplace in Delhi from Palam Vihar until March 17 this year.
“While returning from office around 8.30pm, four men intercepted my car on the Delhi-Gurgaon border near Mehrauli. As they got down from their car and started to approach me, one of them took out a gun asking me to keep quiet,” Mahajan recalled.
All the accused were in their late twenties. “Before I could realise what was happening, the men got into my car and pulled my necklace. I suffered several bruises but the accused didn’t stop.”
She added, “He rummaged through my purse to take away all the cash I had. He took out R5,000 and snatched away my debit and credit cards while the other men asked me to give away all the jewellery I was wearing.”
“The accused fled and I could not note down the vehicle registration number as they drove towards Gurgaon.”
Mahajan shouted for help but no one stopped to ask if she was in trouble or offered assistance.
“Fortunately, I had my mobile with me so I called up my husband. He rushed to my rescue and even informed the PCR van. Although the police reached the spot, they failed to trace the miscreants.”
Mahajan further said, “They asked us to lodge a police complaint but my husband refused. Since that day, I feel terrified driving alone on the streets of Gurgaon, especially at night. The memories of that night continue to haunt me and made me realise that this city is really unsafe for working women like me.”
(As told to Leena Dhankhar)