A theatre person from Manipur alleged that she was heckled by a crowd in Bangalore, that passed lewd and racist comments and abused her. What is even more shocking is that the policeman who she turned to for help allegedly ended up shouting back and shoving her.
This happened after she reportedly met with an accident in which a motorcycle hit the car she was driving in DVG Road junction in Basavanagudi Wednesday evening. When she got out of the vehicle to confront the men and check the damage they started abusing her.
She has now filed two FIRs in the Basavanagudi police station, one against a motorcycle-rider who hit her car and another of physical assault, sexual intimidation and harassment against people from the crowd, including the traffic constable.
She said,"The cop banged the car door on me when I opened it to get into the car. They called me a public nuisance and said that I would be taken to the police station."
According to her, the crowd had swelled to about 40-50 people by then who were making racist comments at her, egged on by the policemen.
A report in The Hindu quoted the woman who said, "I tried to explain to the policeman that the rider was at fault, but he was rude.” According to the report the traffic police told her, “You don’t know Kannada. You don’t belong to this place.”
She said, "As I took pictures of the number plate of the bike with my mobile camera these men started gesturing that they would take off their clothes if I took their pictures."
This incident comes in the wake of several sexual harassment and incidents of violence on women from various parts of the country. In Amritsar, a policemen was shot dead on Wednesday after allegedly trying to save his daughter from molesters. In another case on Monday, a 19-year-old boy was stabbed to death by five people in Mumbai - four of the boys are minors, when he protested against the boys harassing a female friend.
With inputs from CNN-IBN