A 25-year-old woman was allegedly stripped and thrashed by a goon on Tuesday in Vile Parle (East).
The family of the victim claims that the police refused to register a complaint against the accused. The incident took place around 8am in a slum in Shastri Nagar near the domestic airport.
The victim’s younger brother who did not wish to be named said: “Shablin Gaikwad, a local goon, came to our house and started to beat my mother, my elder brother, my sister and me. He stripped off my sister’s clothes and dragged her to the main road where she fell unconscious. The neighbours took her and my brother to VN Desai Hospital, but the authorities said they did not have space. They were then taken to KEM Hospital.”
The victim’s brother said when he went to the police to register a complaint, he was detained for several hours.
However, officers of the Airport police have a different story to tell.
“The victim and her family had come to the police station. Two women constables accompanied her to VN Desai Hospital, but she fled saying that she didn’t want to get tests done,” said Nitin Indurkar, senior inspector.
According to the neighbours, Gaikwad was forcing the victim’s family to vacate the hut they were living in.
“He had disconnected their water connection. Even the local ration shops were scared to give her grocery as Gaikwad had threatened them,” said Chhaya, a neighbour.
The victim's brother said his family had been attacked at least three times in the past four months. “Gaikwad had stabbed my sister with a knife. She got nine stitches in her abdomen but still the police did not register any case against him,” he said.
Despite several attempts, zonal deputy commissioner of police SN Chaudhary was unavailable for comment.