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On Valentine's Day, when Noida police were supposed to be on high alert, police personnel took more than half an hour to respond to a call of alleged assault against a woman at Noida Stadium in Sector 22. A senior police officer said the woman who was assaulted chose not to register a complaint, and therefore no case was registered.
Eyewitnesses said that the incident took place around 1.30 pm. "A man and a woman were in white Toyota Fortuner, which entered Noida Stadium around 1.30 pm. The two seemed to be arguing. The car then exited the gate, but entered again a few minutes later. On this occasion we saw the woman being hit by the man. The car took one round and exited, but returned the third time. On this occasion, the woman tried to open the door of the car and leave, but the man pulled her inside. In the process, her cellphone and purse fell out," an eyewitness said.
Witnesses added that the two returned to collect the purse and phone.
"When both of them stepped out of the car, the woman hid behind the assembled crowd and said that the man was abusing and thrashing her, and she wouldn't go with him. The man then got into the car and started to drive away. Some people tried to shut the iron gates, but he drove his car through the gate," eyewitnesses said.
A PCR call was made after this. "A call was made at 1.38 pm but no police personnel came. Forty minutes later, we called the SHO of Sector-24 police station. A police jeep arrived after that. There were no women constables in the jeep. By then, the woman called a friend and said she didn't want to involve the police," an eyewitness said.