Catholic groups approached the Bandra police on Monday to demand strict action against film producer Rahul Rawail's family members who allegedly assaulted Janet Iyer, chairperson of the Bandra-based Elohim Bible Group, on Saturday.
Iyer alleged that Rawail's son and wife assaulted her as she was escorting members of the religious group out of the Bandra building. Iyer's office occupies the second and third floor of Vaz Bungalow in Bandra West, where the Rawails reside on the ground floor.
"Iyer approached one of the group members on Sunday and said the police had not taken her complaint seriously," said Joseph Dias, general secretary, Catholic Secular Forum. "We decided to meet senior officials to ask them to invoke sections 295A, which deals with hurting religious sentiments, and section 354, for outraging the modesty of a woman."
"I was assaulted by Rawail's son on Saturday after a prayer meeting. He accused me of organising a cult," said Iyer, a Malad resident. "When I approached the police, they were rude and kept me waiting for three hours from 9pm to midnight to file an FIR," she said.
Rawail said Iyer had planned the entire episode. "On Saturday, she stood outside my door in the presence of 200 members and started banging her head on the wall. If my son had assaulted her, would all of them have kept quiet," asked Rawail. "She is part of an illegal cult and I have been complaining against it for the past four years," he added.
Pratap Dighavkar, deputy commissioner of police (zone 9), said, "We have registered an FIR under section 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means) of the IPC."