A 25-year-old journalist, Asira Tarannum, was chased by two men on a bike for almost 3 km in Andheri, Mumbai on late Wednesday night.
The stalkers started riding their scooter next to her auto rickshaw, and while one of them made lewd gestures at her, the other asked her to accompany them. She clicked their pictures and then informed the police control room about the incident.
She narrated the entire incident to Hindustan Times.
Tarannum was harassed on her way back home from an assignment at 1 am on Friday. They began stalking her at Chitrakoot Grounds in Andheri (West).
“They were constantly trying to stop my auto. I clicked their photo and calling 100… I immediately received a call back from the police,” said she.
Both the men did not appear drunk, as per Tarannum and laughed even as she clicked their photo.
She called the Mumbai police control room which directed her to take a route towards the next police checkpoint.
The journalist said that even the autorickshaw driver was initially indulging in a conversation with the harassers but eventually stopped when she threatened with a police complaint.
Spotting a nakabandi near Juhu Circle, the men took a diversion and fled towards Vile Parle, she said.
“The police called me thrice to check if I had reached home safely. A lot of times, women do not speak about such issues and that is why these people go scot-free,” said Tarannum to Hindustan Times.
As she posted photos of the duo on social media, requesting people to help her identify them, and registered a case against them under sections 354 D and 34 IPC, which deals with stalking cases, Mumbai police successfully arrested them.
The two men when confronted by the police, confessed to the stalking.
The Logical Indian community commends the speedy action taken by the Mumbai police. The ensured that Tarannum reaches her home safely and also tracked down her perpetrators from her tweet. No one has the right to stalk or harass a woman even if she is alone at night. The Mumbai police’s stringent action sends a staunch message that anyone harassing a woman will be brought to justice.