A 20-year-old girl was allegedly sexually assaulted by a taxi driver who made lewd comments at her after she got off outside her college in south Mumbai on January 5. The Gamdevi police, however, filed an NC and conveniently omitted the girl’s allegation of being sexually assaulted.
The victim took the cab from Grant road station at around 9.15am and the incident occurred immediately after she paid the taxi driver, Irsar Ahmed Ali Khan, a 35-year-old resident of Tardeo, and was about to leave. The driver, according to the victim, made ‘unspeakable lewd’ comments at her.
After the girl summoned the security guard of her college, Khan was taken to the college premises and the police were informed. The police arrived at the campus and advised her to visit the Gamdevi police station and file a complaint.
However, the police personnel at Gamdevi filed a non-cognisable offense report instead of an FIR, citing incorrect details. “The victim and Khan got into a tiff over the taxi fare and Khan spoke rudely to her. So we booked him under Indian Penal Code Section 504 for intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace,” said sub inspector Nitin Mahadik of Gamdevi police station. He said that they additionally booked Khan under Bombay Police Act section 110 for behaving indecently in public and charged him a fine of Rs1,200.
After Hindustan Times brought the incident to light the next day, the senior inspector at Gamdevi police station summoned the girl to file an FIR.
However, since the girl was taken aback after the incident and had felt insulted, she did not visit the police station again.