A 22-year old woman was allegedly dragged out of her car, thrashed and threatened by a group of men in Pune for wearing a ‘short dress’ and ‘roaming around with men late at night’.
The woman said in her complaint she was returning home with her friends from a dance practice session at around 5:30am on May 1 when they were followed by a group of men in another car on Lullanagar road.
“While returning home, a car having a group of men followed us till our house and blocked our way. Later, they dragged me out of the car and thrashed me,” the woman said in her complaint.
She said the men allegedly beat her up for wearing a “short dress” and roaming “late with men”. The five men reportedly came back minutes later and threatened her with dire consequences.
Police officials recorded the incident as a non-cognizable offence when the woman went to the Kondhwa police station for the first time. Following repeated requests and follow-ups, officials booked five men – Amit Mukhedkar, Shubham Gupta, Yogesh Chougula, Tushar Gidwani, Shravan Singhavi – on Sunday.
Later in the day, police arrested businessmen Mukhedkar and Gupta and Chougula, who works in a bank. Police have booked all the suspects under sections 354, 323, 504 and 34 of Indian Penal Code.
A departmental inquiry has been initiated against three policemen, including a sub-inspector, from the local police station for registering a non-cognizable offence instead of filing an FIR for the alleged molestation of the advertising professional.
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