A woman from Manipur was allegedly assaulted by a man in Mumbai’s Santacruz area, reports said on Thursday. The 26-year-old was allegedly kicked, punched and was also dragged by her hair, triggering outrage.
“He hit me, then kicked me in the abdomen. When I tried to resist, he molested me and tore my clothes. He began to hit me again, and I fell down. Then he grabbed my hair and dragged me by it on the street for a few metres,” the woman was quoted as saying by news daily.
The assailant, who was unknown to her, pushed the woman’s friends aside when they tried to help her. The onlookers allegedly did not help her.
“Because of our Northeast facial features, people believe that we are from China or Nepal. Because of this discrimination, no one came to my sister’s rescue,” the victim’s sister was quoted as saying.
“My sister is in trauma right now. Culprits should be punished,” she told ANI.
According to the woman, the even the police refused to file an FIR in the case when she went to the police station to file a complaint.
“I don’t understand Marathi, so I did not know what was written in the complaint copy, but assumed he had filed an FIR. I was shocked when my sister’s friend told me it was only an NC. Later, I figured out that he hadn’t even mentioned the entire crime in detail in the complaint,” she said.
However, the police registered an FIR later on Wednesday, reports said.