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On Women’s Day, snatchers drag 53-year-old on Delhi road

Two men on a motorcycle snatched the bag of 53-year-old Shobha Kanwar, while she was standing outside a residential colony in west Delhi’s Janakpuri. A video of the woman being dragged by her saree surfaced on social media on Monday.

delhi Updated: Mar 12, 2019 07:57 IST
Anvit Srivastava
Anvit Srivastava
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
A few onlookers could be seen in the video but none came to her help.(CCTV grab)

On International Women’s Day, when Delhi was busy with celebrations, a woman was being literally dragged on the road for nearly 30 metres by two men on a motorcycle, even as she desperately tried to fend them off from stealing her handbag.

The incident once again highlights how safety of women on the capital’s streets remains a lip service.

The two men on the motorcycle snatched the bag of 53-year-old Shobha Kanwar, while she was standing outside a residential colony in west Delhi’s Janakpuri. A video of the woman being dragged by her saree surfaced on social media on Monday — a few onlookers could be seen in the video but none came to her help.

Kanwar, who runs a pre-nursery school with her husband in Najafgarh, was in Janakpuri to visit a member of a social group that she and a few others run. She said, around 4pm, when she was standing in Block A, Janakpuri, the two men approached her.

“They had helmets on. I thought they are after my phone which I was holding in my right hand. They came dangerously close and the pillion rider reached for my handbag. I held on to it tight. As the two men tried to flee, I fell and was dragged for at least 30 metres,” Kanwar said.

The woman said she sustained cuts and bruises on her knees, hands, waist and face. She said the assailants fled with her bag which contained Rs 15,000-Rs 20,000 in cash, some documents and her debit/credit cards.

Kanwar said she rushed to the house of her friend whom she had come to visit and called her husband. She also called police control room to report the incident.

Police had registered a case of theft based on the woman’s distress call. Joint commissioner of police (western range) Madhup Tiwari said an e-FIR had been registered because Kanwar was hesitant in filing a police case.

“We have converted that FIR into one of robbery. Multiple teams have been formed to investigate and arrest the suspects. We have strong leads and we will get them soon,” Tiwari said.

The woman said she was hesitant to file a case as she did not want to be further hassled by police and court procedures. “Four days have passed, but police became active only after the video went viral,” she said.

Kanwar said there were at least 10 men in the vicinity but none came forward to help her.

“It is an irony that a woman gets attacked in public on International Women’s Day and the public remains mute spectators,” Kanwar said.

First Published: Mar 12, 2019 01:30 IST