Every day, Mumbai’s reputation as a safe city for women continues to suffer body blows. On Saturday a 28-year-old, woman, a single mother who lives in the MHADA Colony apartments inBandra East, was brutally attacked by two men in her rented flat. The reason? Her landlord wanted to rent the flat to someone who was willing to pay him higher rent!
Ironically, Mohammad Abdul Kadar, one of the men who beat her up and tried to stab her, is a MHADA employee, enlisted asa site supervisor in the same building where the crime took place (SMD has a copy of his ID card). All the accused, including the house owner Samshu Malik (43), were arrested on Saturday morning. “We have registered a case under IPC Sections 452, 324 and 506, which pertain to House trespass, voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons and Criminal intimidation.” informed DCP of zone VIII, Namdev Chavan.
Knock on the door
Speaking to SUNDAY MiD DAY, Eram Rizwi, the victim, said she was woken up by repeated knocks on her door just after midnight. “On enquiring, I was told that it was the Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) Police. Sensing no danger, I opened the door and found an unknown man and my former husband’s friend Nassir Sheikh (43), who barged in and asked me to vacate the premises in the next 24 hours”.
Rizwi added that when she threatened to call the cops, Nassir brandished a sharp knife-like object and slashed her left hand before fleeing from the scene. “It happened so suddenly that I could not even have a proper look at the weapon. Bleeding profusely, I yelled out to my neighbours for help, who immediately tied some bandages on my hand and called the police control room,” she said.
Later at Bhabha Hospital, Rizwi had to be given 13 stitches. “The doctors wanted to admit me to the ICU, owing to the blood loss and my fluctuating blood pressure, but I refused, as my three children, aged between four and seven, were alone at home,” she said. Rizwi has now filed an FIR at BKC Police Station. It seems Rizwi was keen to throw her out of the flat, as they had found a tenant willing to pay a higher rent. Senior Police Inspector, Chandrakant Bhosle, said that the accused were produced in court on Saturday and will be in police custody till Monday.