Dr Dhada prescribes a hill station getaway for niece
Families of the two women from Palghar, who were arrested for allegedly promoting hatred among the masses on Monday denouncing Sunday's bandh in Mumbai, said that they were planning to send the girls to a hill station for a while as the girls were extremely traumatised after the episode. Puja Changoiwala reports.mumbai Updated: Nov 20, 2012 23:20 IST
Families of the two women from Palghar, who were arrested for allegedly promoting hatred among the masses on Monday denouncing Sunday's bandh in Mumbai, said that they were planning to send the girls to a hill station for a while as the girls were extremely traumatised after the episode.
Dr Abdul Dhada, uncle of Shaheen, 21, who had posted the update said that the only problem was that the girls had been asked to appear at Palghar police station every Thursday between 10am and 1pm.
"The girls are deeply shaken and we are planning to send them to a hill station or some place so that they can relax. Let us see if they are given the permission to leave Palghar for a while," said Dr Abdul.
Abdul added that he was on very good terms with members of Shiv Sena in Palghar and asserted that several of them were his patients.
"I am in regular touch with them (party members) and they have agreed that the vandalisation of my hospital should not have happened," he said.
Abdul's hospital, Dr Dhada hospital in Palghar was vandalised by 30 to 40 persons, suspected to be Shiv Sena party workers, on Sunday night.
"The losses are to the tune of Rs 15 lakh. They broke furniture, vandalised the operation theater and broke an image intensifying machine worth Rs 8 lakh," he said.
"There are so many people who post cartoons and updates, expressing their opinions. This incident was extremely unfortunate," he added.
Abdul said that the future course of action would be decided upon by his family after a discussion with lawyers.
Meanwhile, Nazma (46) Shaheen's mother said that the entire episode was extremely unprecedented.
"I had no idea Shaheen had posted something on Facebook until I got a call saying several people were gathered outside the hospital. And then my daughter was called to the police station. I was extremely scared," she said.
Families of Shaheen and her friend, Rinu Shrinivasan, 20, have been given police protection, an official said.
Shaheen, who finished her graduation in management studies, lives in Palghar with her parents - Nazma, 46, a housewife and Farooq, 52, a businessman and her younger brother, Shakeel, 18, a student.
Rinu, meanwhile, is also a Palghar resident and has recently completed her graduation in science (Botany).
She intends to pursue sound engineering from a Chennai-based college and lives with her parents - PA Shrinivasan, 58, her father, an employee with the Shipping Corporation of India, her mother and elder brother, Rahul, 29.