"she got angry and started abusing me."
A woman stopped a couple from getting intimate in a public place, however, she was then beaten by them and their relatives.
The incident took place on May 2, 2020, at around 8 pm in Sewri, Maharashtra.
The 34-year-old victim, identified as Mumtaaz Kadir Shaikh, had been returning home after distributing food to migrant workers when she came across the couple.
In her complaint to police, she said:
“I was working with my colleague. We were distributing food to workers in our area.
“After their meal got over, all co-workers left and I was standing alone outside the plant.”
She said she saw the 20-year-old woman and 22-year-old man getting intimate outside.
Mumtaaz said: “The girl stays in our area, so I walked up to them and stopped them from getting intimate in a public place.
“When I told her not to do it, she got angry and started abusing me.”
As the woman verbally abused her, the man grabbed Mumtaaz by the throat and began punching her.
According to Mumtaaz, the young woman’s brother, mother and aunt were in the area. When they saw what was going on, they ran towards the scene and joined in with the assault.
The victim explained that she was hit multiple times by the attackers. The assault stopped when she called for help and locals intervened.
Mumtaaz said: “As it was dark, I could not tell where each person hit me.
“But as I raised an alarm for help, the locals intervened and stopped them from assaulting me”
When locals rushed to her aid, the five perpetrators fled the scene. After, the victim was taken to JJ Hospital in Mumbai.
After receiving medical treatment, Mumtaaz called her husband and told him what had happened.
Her husband advised her to inform the police. Once Mumtaaz was discharged from hospital, she and her husband went to Sewri Police Station and lodged a complaint.
After hearing her complaint, police registered a case under Sections 141 (unlawful assembly), 143 (punishment), 149 (Every member of unlawful assembly guilty of an offence committed in prosecution of common object), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) of the Indian Penal Code.
Senior Inspector Gajanan Kurhade confirmed that a case was registered.
He said: “As we are busy with the pandemic, we just served them notices and released the accused after a few hours.
“At present, we are investigating and we will soon arrest them.”