MP: Women thrash advocate for obscene comments; police doubt allegations

Police have registered a case against a group of women for thrashing an advocate in the district court premises in Guna. The women allege that he had made obscene comments against them.

bhopal Updated: Jul 18, 2017 09:47 IST
Shruti Tomar
Shruti Tomar
Hindustan Times, Bhopal
Madhya Pradesh,Guna district court,Advocate

A group of women thrashed an advocate for allegedly making obscene comments and misbehaving with them in the district court premises of Guna on Monday afternoon, police said.

A video of the thrashing showing the advocate identified as Mahendra Singh Lodhi running for cover with the women assaulting him with slippers, was widely shared on social media.

Lodhi is a resident of Guna. The women too belong to Guna.

While the women did not lodge a complaint with the police, the lawyer did so after which the police registered a case against the women.

The women told reporters that Lodhi was demanding a bribe for an affidavit which is required for getting a caste certificate.

They also alleged Lodhi passed some obscene comments and harassed the women in the court premises.

But the police had a different version.

Additional superintendent of police (ASP) SS Tomar said, “There was a land dispute between two parties. Lodhi got the land registered in favour of one of the two parties. This enraged the other side.”

Questioning women’s theory of harassment he said if Lodhi had harassed them, they should have lodged a complaint with police.

“We have also checked with the tehsil office concerned. We came to know that Lodhi didn’t make affidavits for caste certificates. Hence, the women’s allegation that the lawyer demanded a bribe for an affidavit is doubtful,” he added.

“We are investigating the matter and we have also asked the women to lodge a complaint but till now they have not come forward,” he added.

First Published: Jul 18, 2017 09:47 IST