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Girl who exposed pani-puri vendor lodges FIR against BJP leader

The 19 –year-old Thane resident, who exposed the pani-puri vendor urinating in his utensils, filed a police complaint against senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Raj Purohit on Thursday, for allegedly making derogatory remarks against her.

mumbai Updated: May 06, 2011 02:15 IST
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The 19 –year-old Thane resident, who exposed the pani-puri vendor urinating in his utensils, filed a police complaint against senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Raj Purohit on Thursday, for allegedly making derogatory remarks against her.

Complainant Ankita Rane said that Purohit had questioned her character for recording a video of Rajdev Chauhan, the pani-puri vendor, while he was urinating.

Rane, accompanied by several Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) workers, lodged a First Information Report (FIR) against Purohit at Azad Maidan police station. “He (Purohit) said that I had no shame as a woman, for recording something like that, even though it was done with the intention of exposing what he (Chauhan) had been doing,” Rane said.

“We have lodged an FIR against Purohit under section 509 (Word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of the Indian Penal Code and investigations are on, said Senior Police Inspector Bhaurao Bhawale, Azad Maidan police station.

MNS party workers also demanded stricter action against Purohit for the alleged use of inappropriate language against Rane. “Purohit should not have questioned Rane’s character. She has done a great public service by exposing Chauhan, said Shalini Thackeray, vice-president of the MNS’ women’s wing.

When contacted, Purohit held that he had not said anything against Rane. “I don’t even know her. They have misunderstood my words. However, if I have unknowingly offended her, then I apologise,” Purohit said.