Mumbai: A 25-year-old Manipuri woman who fought back after a group of men allegedly assaulted her, was on Sunday arrested in Kalina area of Mumbai, along with her three friends. Only two of the attackers have been nabbed.
According to a Hindustan Times report, the incident took place when the victim was returning from a birthday dinner at a friend’s place. The accused allegedly passed abusive comments, called the victims ‘Nepali’ and heckled them, when they were waiting for an autorickshaw. However, when they protested, a scuffle broke out and the accused slapped the woman and her friends were assaulted.
“The woman was arrested as she threw a stone at one of her attackers as a result of which he started bleeding from a wound to his head,” said police.
The police have registered two cross-complaints and have also arrested the two alleged attackers Sudharshan Gaikwad, 46, and Deepak Gandhala, 25. The charge of molestation has been added as the woman was also slapped.
“I will have to check if the accused used words like ‘Nepali’. It is possible the accused are uneducated and do not know it is an offence,” Mahadev Wavale, senior police inspector, Vakola police station told the daily.
The accused have been remanded in police custody for two days. The Manipuri woman and her friends were denied bail as they do not have a permanent address.