In the movies, the classic image of the Mumbai police is that they arrive last, after the hero has saved the world and got the girl.
On Saturday, the city’s real life police turned that image on its head. Within five minutes of getting a distress call, a police team rescued a 30-year-old woman and arrested a drunk man for allegedly harassing her.
On Saturday night, the victim, who works with a private firm, was returning to her Santacruz (East) home around 11 pm, the Vakola police said.
After getting off a BEST bus at Kalina, she was walking towards her house, when the accused, Pintu Peter Loit (39), harassed her at a deserted junction.
“The victim tried to walk past him. Loit, who was drunk, suddenly slapped the woman on her hips. The woman, who was carrying a mobile phone, immediately dialed 100 (the police control room helpline),” said Anil Kharade, senior inspector of Vakola police station.
The control room immediately transferred the distress call to the women’s helpline, which got in touch with the Kherwadi Division patrol van that was closest to the location. The mobile van reached the spot in five minutes and its officers rescued the woman.
They took Loit, a driver by profession, to the Vakola police station, where he was arrested for outraging the modesty of a woman. He was presented in court and granted bail.
Every hour, 18 women are sexually harassed in India, according to statistics available with the National Crime Records Bureau.
Data from the women’s helpline reveals the helpline gets 10 calls a day and around 500 every month on an average. Of these, 150-200 women call to report eve-teasing incidents. The officers at the helpline said most of the eve-teasing calls come in between 11 pm and midnight.