A 24-year-old woman has lodged a complaint at a police station in Gujarat alleging that a man tore her T-shirt and assaulted her just because she glared at him for spitting. The incident has happened in Nikol area of Ahmedabad.
The woman has claimed that the man, Ravi Rajput, spat near her. When she merely looked at him without even saying a word, he allegedly ripped off her T-shirt and thrashed her. Later on, when her sister and mother rushed to help her, Rajput allegedly attacked them as well, as reported by Times Of India.
The woman also claims to know Rajput personally as they have common friends.
Ahmedabad police have registered a complaint of sexual harassment against Rajput under IPC Section 335 (A) (1). They have also invoked Section 294 (b) for hurling obscenity and Section 323, for voluntary acts to hurt someone.
Assistant commissioner of police I-Division N L Desai has told TOI that the police has begun its investigation in the case and are looking for the accused.
This is not the first incident in which a woman was assaulted following a minor provocation. Just recently, a video from Andhra Pradesh went viral in which a government official was seen thrashing a woman colleague with a disability, with an iron rod because she asked him to put on his mask. Read more about it here.
A news report from 27 July claims that a 14-year-old girl was allegedly beaten to death by a 19-year-old boy because she denied the sexual advances. The incident happened in the Etah district of Uttar Pradesh and the boy is now in police custody, arrested this Sunday.
In May, a man in Juhapura of Ahmedabad thrashed his wife for not making biryani at home. Back in 2018, 44-year-old Pallaviben Jadav, a Dalit woman, was attacked by a mob for sitting on a chair at a school in a village in Ahmedabad district, Gujarat, according to reports.
And then, in the year 2016, a 22-year-old girl was dragged out of her car and beaten early morning on a street in Pune for wearing a short dress. Reportedly the young girl who works as an advertising executive in Pune, came face to face with the men who were first abused her and then used force to drag her out of the car and physically assault her. They told her, “No girl from our family would wear short clothes and accompany men at 5 in the morning.”