‘Harassed’ women made to wait at police station


At a time when the nation is contemplating ways to ensure women's safety, a woman and her sister who went to D N Nagar police station on Saturday night to file a complaint were made to wait for five hours. Andheri residents Noorjahan Shaikh, 27, and her sister Rukhsana, 28, had gone to the police after they were beaten up by Noorjahan's husband and his family members.

Though the police later registered an FIR, the accused were let out on bail within few hours. However, the police still claim that the accused are in their custody on attempt to murder charges.

Noorjahan, who stays at Yari Road, said her husband Irshad Shaikh, 30, and his family members beat her when she questioned them about her missing jewellery worth Rs 12 lakh. She said her in-laws have been harassing her for dowry. On Saturday night, when she found her jewellery missing, she asked Irshad about it. He started beating her and said he gave it to his elder brother. "Within minutes, my brother-in-law Imtiyaz and his wife Nagma came home. They beat me up, fracturing my hand. I called Rukhsana. When she came, my husband abused and threatened her," she said.

Noorjahan said Irshad owned card clubs in the locality and had "good contacts" in the police.

At 1.30 am, Rukhsana, a widow and a mother of three, took Noorjahan to the police station. There, she was asked to go to Cooper Hospital for medical check-up. "I sent Noorjahan with her daughter while I went home to get her a change of clothes," said Rukhsana.

But when Rukhsana approached her house, Imtiyaz and three men were waiting for her. They allegedly poured a "chemical" on her which, according to her, smelt like kerosene. "At that moment, a man stabbed me. I ran to my house with blood and the chemical dripping from my body. I then went to the police station," she said.

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