The News Minute | March 12, 2015 | 4.14 pm IST
Two Bengaluru women who were on their way to work were shocked to find themselves rescuing a young woman who was being beaten up by her father, who is a policeman in Tamil Nadu.
Nivedita and Archana, who requested that their last names be withheld, told The News Minute that they were driving to work when they witnessed the assault. But what surprised them even more is that around 50 people merely stood around the scene, watching the woman get thrashed by her father, while her mother stood nearby, talking about the “shame she had brought upon her family”.
The parents thought that the girl, who works in Bengaluru had a relationship with a boy, and were “teaching her a lesson”. The father even kicked her in the groin.
After managing to free the girl from her father, who was dragging her by the hair, the two women sat the girl inside the car and while her father sat on the bonnet, refusing to let the car move. The police, who were called to the spot by Nivedita and Archana, took the trio to the Ulsoor police station.
When contacted, Ulsoor Inspector M H Nagte said he did not know of any such incident. Upon calling the police station, it was learned that the man was indeed a police officer. Police also said that no case had been registered as the girl said that she did not want a complaint and that the family would sort out the matter at home.
Nivedita described the events in a Facebook post that is being shared widely, and is reproduced below with permission:
Barely few days since #IndiasDaughter stirred the world, we witnessed another shameful incident in Bangalore today.
On our way to office, me and my friend Archana were shocked to see a girl aged about 25 being beaten black and blue by a strong well built man, with at least 50 people standing on the street and simply watching.
Me and Archana rushed out of the car, pushed the man back in an attempt to loosen his grip on the girl. He was grabbing the girl by her hair, slapping her, kicking her in the groin as she fell down on the road. Archana started pushing the man while I tried untangling the girls hair from his fingers. Once freed, we along with the girl sought refuge inside our car. The man sat down on the car bonnet, refusing to let us drive.
The girl, Satya (The News Minute has witheld her identity) is working in Bangalore. The man beating her up on the streets publicly is none other than her father, RajaRam, a sub-inspector with Madurai police. Her mother, a silent spectator of the entire incident is a teacher in Madurai. The parents had heard rumors of their daughter having an affair and was hence “teaching her a lesson” , refusing to listen to her or believe her denying the affair. The father wanted to take her back to Madurai , against the wishes of the adult daughter and forcibly marry her to someone of their choice. The mother , a teacher kept blaming Satya for the “shame that she has brought upon her family”.
We called the police , who came after 30 mins and took the family away to Ulsoor Police station.
Not only, was the parents behavior shocking and gruesome , but what was more shameful was the silent spectators on the street who stood watching the entire drama, not willing to save the girl or aid and support us, who were at least trying.
If a policeman chooses to physically and publicly abuse his adult daughter , how are we safe in the hands of such “protectors of law”??
If a teacher mistrusts and blames her adult daughter while supporting her husband’s abusive behavior, how can we entrust our children’s grooming to such “educators and shapers of young India” ??