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Women watch thieves stealing, don?t confront

HAS THE Mehar Bhargava case scared city women? If not, then how else do you explain the plight of a mother-daughter duo on Thursday night. The two helplessly watched thieves stealing from their car on the busy Lucknow University Road. Yet they could not muster courage to confront the miscreants. Narrating the incident on Friday, the girl (who preferred not to disclose her identity) told the HT that she had accompanied her parents to the Cheti Chand fair on Thursday evening.

india Updated: Apr 01, 2006 01:56 IST

HAS THE Mehar Bhargava case scared city women? If not, then how else do you explain the plight of a mother-daughter duo on Thursday night. The two helplessly watched thieves stealing from their car on the busy Lucknow University Road. Yet they could not muster courage to confront the miscreants.

Narrating the incident on Friday, the girl (who preferred not to disclose her identity) told the HT that she had accompanied her parents to the Cheti Chand fair on Thursday evening. They had parked their Ford Ikon on the Mankameshwar Temple Road, which is close to the Lucknow University Road.

Around 11 pm, she and her mother were returning to their car. As they were approaching the vehicle, the duo spotted its doors open. They sensed foul play and so it was. The women found the windowpanes on the driver’s side smashed and two youths on the front seat of the vehicle.

The shocked women screamed at the youths, but it did not unnerve the goons.

They took their own time, pulled out the stereo and left only after searching the dashboard. All along, the women kept on screaming for help but none of the passers-by came forward. After getting out of the car, the miscreants boarded a Maruti Zen parked close by and sped towards the Mankameshwar temple.

While leaving, the two critically injured the elderly woman.

Shocked at the incident, the girl ran to call her father, who was at the fair. He immediately informed the Hasanganj police, who did nothing but harass the victims. They asked the victims to disclose details about the criminals, but did not alert other police stations to trace the miscreants.  Later, the injured woman was taken to hospital with a fractured left elbow and injuries to her legs.

When asked why they did not offer resistance to the miscreants, the girl stated the obvious: “The Mehar Bhargava incident has made us scary”.