Bengaluru woman says she was molested, made to apologise for not speaking Kannada

The argument between the woman and her friend, and another bike-rider, started over the latter’s headlights not being switched on.
Bengaluru woman says she was molested, made to apologise for not speaking Kannada
Bengaluru woman says she was molested, made to apologise for not speaking Kannada
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On Sunday night, 20-year-old Shilpa* and her male friend were reportedly returning home from Soul Sante on a two-wheeler when they noticed another bike approaching them head on. Shilpa and her friend stopped as the biker allegedly did not have his headlights on. When the girl questioned the biker, he reportedly said it was a service road on which two-way traffic was allowed. The girl and Santosh then asked him why his headlight was switched off, after which the man allegedly began abusing the duo.

“My friend and I had stopped near A2B restaurant near Chikkajala on Airport Road. He started abusing us in Kannada and I told him that he was the one riding in the opposite direction. While he was abusing us, I told him that I could not understand Kannada and asked him to speak in either Hindi or English,” the girl wrote in her complaint to the police.

Soon after this, around 40-45 men allegedly came to the spot and began abusing them.

“The biker then snatched the two-wheeler’s keys from my friend and beat him up. He could not defend himself as he was overpowered. I tried to intervene and there were so many people who molested me. I started crying a pleaded them to let me go. The men made us kneel down and apologise for not being able to speak Kannada,” the complaint states.

“The men then told us to go back from where we came from. My friend then snatched the two-wheeler keys back and we escaped from there. Some of them chased us and when we were sure they were not around, we stopped and I called my mother after which we returned home,” the complaint states.

According to ACP Hemanth Nimbalkar, the girl filed a complaint with the Chikkajala police that very night.

On Monday, the Chikkajala police arrested four men in connection with the incident. The accused include Manjunath and Krishna, both lorry drivers, Ravi, salesman in a private company, and Praveen, employee in a photocopy shop. All of them are residents of Sonnappanahalli.

The police visited the spot where the incident occurred. Shilpa had also handed over a photograph of Manjunath she had clicked on her phone, which helped them make the arrests, Nimbalkar said.

(* Names have been changed)

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