Villagers in Mewat are in a panic mode after at least 15 incidents got reported where women’s braids were chopped off. Villagers have been blaming godmen, ghosts, witches and “cat-like” creatures for these mysterious incidents. There are reports that most women fell unconscious when their braids were chopped off.
However, police have claimed that these acts were the handiwork of anti-social elements. The latest incident in the series of these cases was reported from Gurgaon on July 28. A resident of Ashok Vihar phase-III area, Sunita Devi, said that she was attacked by a strange-looking man, in his 60s, on the night of July 28 when she was alone in her house. “While I was preparing dinner in the kitchen, I saw a thin man in a red and yellow outfit on the main entrance of my house. When I went to enquire, I saw he was carrying a trident. I told him to go away. He went away and disappeared only to reappear,” she claimed.
She said that before she could do anything, she fell unconscious and when she regained consciousness, she was lying on the floor and her braid had been chopped off. She also said that her house had not been ransacked. Although there were no external wounds, the woman seemed traumatised and was admitted to a private hospital. The accused has not been identified yet.
A similar incident took place in Malhaka village where Aseena fell unconscious and when she woke up, she found that her hair had been chopped off. “I’m feeling scared,” Aseena said.
Women have not been asked to tie their hair in buns instead of braids. Afraid of what might happen, women in the area only go around in groups even if to fetch water outside. Patrol parties have also been formed to nab those responsible.
“We have assigned our male members or family heads to patrol on a daily basis in two shifts. They are to stay alert 24X7 in order to combat the gang, animal or ghost, whatever it may be, responsible,” Ram Mehar Yadav, a resident of Punahana said.
Police also say that villagers reported a cat-like animal who appears to make them unconscious and chops off their braids.
The incident brings back memories of the ‘Monkey Man’ scare in 2001 in Delhi when there were reports of a strange monkey-like creature attacking people at night.
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