More moral policing: Group of trekkers attacked, stripped in Lonavala by self-proclaimed 'bhakts'

In the wake of the Bengaluru molestation incident that took place on New Year's Eve, another disturbing incident was reported from Lonavala. A group of trekkers were manhandled by a group of self-proclaimed followers of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj at a camp at Lohagarh Fort near Lonavala.

Representational image. AFP

Representational image. AFP

According to a Mid Day report, the incident took place on New Year's Eve, when Shalini Pallav Jhala, a Pune-based fitness trainer, with her husband and his two colleagues and their spouses, visited the camp at Lohagarh Fort to usher in the New Year.

According to the complaint filed by Jhala with the Lonavala rural police, 15 people, including six women, attacked her group. She stated that the group thought they were drunk and under the influence of drugs. When they tried to convince the group that they were married couples, the women members in the group asked them to show their mangalsutra and abused them for not wearing a bindi.

According to the complainant, later, nine men joined too and attacked the men, who were stripped naked, made to chant slogans praising Shivaji Maharaj. Jhala also added that the five-year-old son of one of the trekkers was also beaten up by the gang.

One of the women volunteers, Rasika has been booked by the police while the organiser of the camp Pratik Dasgupta was also booked for not having the necessary permission to conduct the camp. However, Jhala claimed that the local police did not show interest in their complaint after which she approached the Superintendent of Police. The police assured the victims of catching the remaining culprits.


Published Date: Jan 04, 2017 19:12 PM | Updated Date: Jan 04, 2017 19:12 PM

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