A day after the Hindustan Times reported how a 30-year-old woman, who alleged she was a victim of road rage, was shunted between two police stations to get a complaint registered, the senior inspector of the Powai police station has promised to look into the matter.
On Saturday, senior police inspector Ashok Jadhav called up Janice Pearl D’Souza, a corporate trainer, and asked her to meet him on Monday.
“Though the incident took place in the jurisdiction of the Park Site police station, Janice works in Powai. I will personally look into the matter and ensure that the driver of the Tata Indica, who allegedly damaged her car and assaulted her, is tracked down and booked,” Jadhav said.
The assault has left D’Souza with blood clots in her ear and what medical tests have described as a “traumatic perforation” in her eardrum.
“Though the case will be registered with the Park Site police, we too will investigate the matter on priority basis.”
The law states that a police station should register a complaint even if the incident has not occurred in its jurisdiction.
Senior police inspector of the Park Site police station, LM Bhure, did not respond to phone calls or text messages.
“The Powai police have taken down the number of the Indica. They have also asked me to get my medical reports and the bill of the expenses I had to bear to get my car repaired,” D’Souza said on Saturday.
The incident took place at 9.30am on December 20, when D’Souza was driving to Saki Vihar near Powai for a meeting.
An Indica allegedly overtook her in a rash manner near Holy Trinity Church, damaging the bumper of her car.
D’Souza claimed that when she confronted the driver, who is yet to be identified, he abused her and also hit her on the face. She managed to click photographs of her assaulter and his car’s registration number of his car on her mobile phone camera.
When D’Souza started experiencing severe pain in her left ear, she went to the Powai police station at 5pm. They directed her to the Park Site police station because the area where the incident took place was under their jurisdiction.
When she went to the Park Site police, they insisted that she first get a medical check-up. Since it was late, D’Souza returned home.
When she did not receive any help from the two police stations, she had also called up the special woman and children helpline number, 103, on Tuesday morning, which did not prove to be of any help either.
Mumbai police Commissioner Sanjeev Dayal had sought details of the case after the Hindustan Times had contacted him on Friday.