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23-year-old woman ‘harassed, assaulted’ near Sewri station

A 23-year-old freelance photographer Monisha Ajgaonkar was allegedly harassed and manhandled by two men on a scooter during the daytime at Sewri station last week. The miscreants then fled without any of the gathered onlookers trying to stop them.

mumbai Updated: Jul 13, 2012 01:01 IST
Mohamed Thaver

A 23-year-old freelance photographer Monisha Ajgaonkar was allegedly harassed and manhandled by two men on a scooter during the daytime at Sewri station last week. The miscreants then fled without any of the gathered onlookers trying to stop them.

Ajgaonkar said even a week after she lodged a police complaint, they are yet to trace the alleged attackers though the registration number of the scooter had been given to them.

Ajgaonkar said, “I was walking towards Sewri railway station. Near char rasta junction, I heard someone call out to me.”

When she turned around, she said, she saw two men on a blue Honda Activa, calling her names. “They were poking fun at my appearance, so I lashed out with my umbrella and hit the Activa,” Ajgaonkar said.

“The duo – both locals in their early twenties - then started abusing me. I hit their scooter with the umbrella again hoping they would go away. But this angered them further and one of them pushed me,” she said. “I was shocked and slapped him. The other boy who was riding the bike then pushed me and I slapped him as well,” Ajgaonkar said.

She said the incident took place in front of at least 15 onlookers. “Yet, no one came forward to help me. I jotted down whatever I could of the registration number of the scooter. The locals then told me to go home,” she said.

Ajgaonkar said she rushed to the nearby RAK Marg police station. When contacted, PSI D Ghadge of RAK Marg police station said, “A non-cognizable offence has been taken. So the question of investigation does not arise. She will have to approach the courts for an investigation.”

Additional commissioner of police (central region) Pravin Salunkhe, when informed of the incident, said, “I will call for details from the police station. I will ensure the duo is tracked down and justice is done.”