Cop beaten for ‘in­ap­pro­pri­ately’ touch­ing a girl

The Free Press Journal - - FRONT PAGE - STAFF REPORTER

Two po­lice­men were beaten by a group of men for hav­ing touched a girl in­ap­pro­pri­ately while try­ing to stop a Christ­mas party on De­cem­ber 25 at 5 am at Kalina in Santa Cruz (East) as per claims of the fam­ily mem­bers. The fam­ily mem­bers and friends who at­tended the house party claimed they beat the po­lice­man as he touched a girl named Reema Pawar in an in­ap­pro­pri­ate man­ner, in a bid to snatch a lap­top from her hands to switch off the mu­sic.

Emma Mathews, an eye­wit­ness who was present at the party in­formed the The Free Press Jour­nal that the at­ten­dees beat con­sta­ble Afzal Khan be­cause he mis­be­haved with their friend. Mathews said, “We were par­ty­ing at a friend’s house and there was loud mu­sic play­ing till 5 am. Sud­denly, two po­lice­men came and told us to switch off the mu­sic. We agreed to do so but then one po­lice­man tried to snatch away the lap­top from our friend Reema’s hands and de­lib­er­ately touched her on her chest.”

Due to this be­hav­iour of the po­lice, Pawar was scared and ques­tioned Khan say­ing, “Where did you touch me and why?” And then the at­ten­dees had a fight with the cops where Ro­hit Pawar, an­other friend hit Khan. The po­lice­men went away as the fight spi­ralled out of con­trol. Also, other po­lice­man started tak­ing a video of the peo­ple par­ty­ing even af­ter they agreed to stop the cel­e­bra­tion.

Mathews said po­lice had no right to touch any girl in­ap­pro­pri­ately. “Po­lice­men do not have any right to touch a girl in­ap­pro­pri­ately. Do they not have fe­male con­sta­bles? And we had agreed to shut the party then why did the cops take a video or snatch the lap­top? Our friend was mo­lested which led to the phys­i­cal fight. We are all scared now as the po­lice wants to ar­rest our friends who started the phys­i­cal fight,” Mathews added.

The fam­ily friends went to Vakola po­lice sta­tion to file an FIR but were not al­lowed to do so. The mem­bers have now filed an on­line FIR as the po­lice are on the look­out for those in­volved and the boys have gone into hid­ing.

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