Though a little after two days, waking up to Hindustan Times’ report about how after being slapped by a person following a minor accident a woman was left shunting between two police stations to register a complaint, the Park Site police, on Monday, finally lodged a complaint against the assaulter.
The person has been booked for outraging modesty and causing grievous hurt.
On December 20, Janice Pearl D’Souza, a corporate trainer, got into a tiff with an Indica driver who overtook her car near Holy Trinity Church in a rash manner, consequently damaging the bumper of her car. Getting abusive, the man slapped D’Souza.
The assault led to blood clots in her ear and resulted in “painful perforations” in her left eardrum.
After the assault, the victim got back into her car and clicked pictures of the assaulter and his vehicle.
While the Powai police turned D’Souza away stating jurisdiction as the issue, the Park Site police station — the precinct where the incident occurred — too refused to register the complaint asking her to get a medical check-up done. Eventually, D’Souza had to return without filing a complaint. As the police helpline too failed in addressing her grievance, she finally approached Hindustan Times.
A day after the matter was reported in this paper, the Powai police contacted her and asked her to visit them to register the case.
On Monday, D’Souza registered her complaint with Powai police station from where she was directed to Park Site police station that prepared the FIR. “We have filed her complaint,” said police inspector KH Pawar of Park Site police station.
D’Souza told the Hindustan Times that the FIR has been lodged under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and has booked her assaulter on charges of rash driving, causing grievous hurt, causing insult and outraging modesty.
“I have given the car number to the police. They have asked me to prepare prints of the pictures and give it to them,” said D’Souza.