New Delhi: Mumbai Police seems to be in the news for all the wrong reasons this New Year. If the outrage to the molestation of two girls by a mob of 70 to 80 men in Mumbai’s Juhu area early on New Year's Day was not enough, the Mumbai Police Commissioner DN Jadhav has accused the media of “making a mountain out of a molehill.”
“Don’t blow it out of proportion, you are creating a mountain out of a molehill. This time it was the highest security that we could provide. These kind of small things happen in every society,” he said.
Washing his hands off the incident, which is the second consecutive in the past two years, D N Jadhav said, “Till now no complaint has come to us, only police have lodged a complaint. I can’t post men after every person. Such things can happen anywhere. Please don't blow it out of proportion.”
And this is the Commissioner's solution for ensuring women's safety in Mumbai. “You have left your wife at home and come here, it’s safety only my friend.”
Meanwhile, reacting to the incident, ACP of the Western region in Mumbai Archana Tyagi told CNN-IBN, “We are trying to find out the facts of the story published in Hindustan Times and also talking to traffic officer and reporters to help in the investigations, but this is shocking and strict action will be taken against the culprits.”
A Hindustan Times team, who recorded the sequence of events on the New Year’s day, reports that the women came out of the JW Marriott Hotel with two male friends around 0145 hours IST, and walked towards Juhu beach.
Soon a mob of about 40 men began teasing the women, which led to one of the women swearing at the hooligans. But the mob, by then 70-80 strong, pounced on them.
A Hindustan Times cameraperson spotted a police van and called for help, following which the police rushed in and chased away the mob.