In yet another case of mob vigilantism, two teenagers were thrashed, stripped and forced to walk naked by a group of men for allegedly teasing a girl who studied in the same school as them. The shocking incident took place in Pune’s Karve Nagar area on the night of May 16. Not only were the teens attacked and paraded naked, their humiliation was also captured in a video.
Following the incident, the mother of one of the teens filed a police complaint. Around the same time, the purported video started doing rounds on social media. The police flung into action and arrested four accused, including the father of the girl, and detained a minor. The accused have been identified as Navin Khurana (47), Yash Navin Khurana (19), Raju Devasi (24) and Pradeep Salunkhe (35), reported India Express. They were charged under sections 355 (assault or criminal force with intent to dishonour a person), 341(punishment for wrongful restraint) and 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) of the IPC and the relevant sections of the IT Act. A minor has also been detained.
Speaking to Times of India, the mother said: “My son is under tremendous shock. He has sustained injuries all over his body. The membrane of one of his ears is damaged. They thrashed him for no reason. I am more worried about the clip which has already been circulated.”
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The Indian Express also quoted a police official as saying that the girl’s father assumed that he was troubling his daughter due to a misunderstanding.
According to Pune Mirror, on the day of the assault, the boys were merely waiting at a location near the house of the girl when the girl’s father mistook them for stalkers.