Mumbai crime: Fearless girl stands up to molester, drags him to cops

When a druggie molested her on a crowded Kandivli station platform, college student Pradnya Mandhare decided not to let it go, and dragged him all by herself to the GRP chowkie, while a crowd of 50 just stood and stared

Sometimes, it takes just one person’s courage to shake society out of its slumber, and a 20-year-old student’s act of confronting her molester yesterday could very well fall into that category.

Pradnya wants cops to teach Chavan a lesson so that he does not dare to molest another woman again. Pics/Nimesh Dave
Pradnya wants cops to teach Chavan a lesson so that he does not dare to molest another woman again. Pics/Nimesh Dave

While most women decide against speaking up because of the lengthy process of filing an FIR and because shame is heaped not on the perpetrator but on the victim herself, Pradnya Mandhare did not let any of this prevent her from dragging her druggie molester by the hair to a police station.

Mandhare did this all by herself, while more than 50 people both men and women at the busy Kandivli station merely stood by and gawked.

Teaching a lesson
Mandhare, a third-year Bachelor of Mass Media student at Sathaye College in Vile Parle, was on her way home after attending her lectures yesterday when the incident took place. Around 2.30 pm her usual time Mandhare boarded a local train from Vile Parle station to return to her home in Borivli.

Mandhare says she is grateful that the police officials helped her and arrested the accused
Mandhare says she is grateful that the police officials helped her and arrested the accused

“When the train reached Kandivli station, there was an announcement that it would arrive at platform number 8 on Borivli station. So I decided to get off that train and board another one to avoid making the long walk to the western end of Borivli station,” Mandhare said.

“When I was waiting at the platform for another train, this visibly drunk person came to me and touched me inappropriately. When I tried to avoid him, he grabbed me. I was shocked for a couple of seconds, but then I started hitting him with my bag.

He was trying to hit me, but I could overpower him because he was stinking of alcohol and I could make out that he was drunk,” she said. “Most women are scared of approaching the police as filing a complaint is a lengthy process.

It involves giving a lot of statements and, sometimes, dealing with uncooperative officers. But, I was firm on taking that man to the police,” she added.

No help
Mandhare was hitting the drug addict, but no one came to her aid. “Kandivli station is always crowded and so many men and women saw the druggie try to attack me, but no one came forward to help.

People stopped to stare, but no one bothered to even ask what was going on. Since the man was filthy, I found it difficult to even touch him. I caught him by his hair and dragged him to the Government Railway Police (GRP) chowkie,” she said.

“Dragging him by the hair and walking was tough, because he was trying to escape and I was afraid he would attack me. He kept telling me not to drag him along and that he would come with me on his own, but I did not let go. I finally managed to hand him over to the police.”

An officer from Borivli GRP said, “We have arrested the accused, Chavan (25), who is a drug addict and was also drunk when the incident took place. We conducted a medical test of the accused and he will be produced court on Thursday (today). We are verifying whether he has a previous criminal record.”

Mandhare said, “Every woman should fight back in such cases and they should not keep quiet. I am grateful that the police also helped me and arrested the accused. I also asked the police officers to teach the accused a lesson so that he would not dare to molest a woman ever again.”

“This Women’s Day, a youth had passed a lewd comment at me. I tried taking him to the Borivli police station, but he managed to escape. Parents of girls also think that going to a police station would tarnish their daughter’s reputation.

But, women should raise their voice and teach such people a lesson. Women are not objects for anyone to touch at will,” added the brave collegian.

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  • karan20-Mar-2015

    Great job Pradnya Mandar - and shame on the rest ! Dificult to understand why the bystanders would not help a young lady who is being harrassed by this disgusting rogue ! There should be a good samaritan law - which could be used to prosecute people who do not help !

  • Pramod Shinde21-Mar-2015

    Thats exactly you did which every women should do in such situation. Proud of you.

  • SR20-Mar-2015

    Pradnya, your courage is admirable and your conviction in your beliefs is exemplary. God Bless you!

  • MSC19-Mar-2015

    Bravo!!!!! Brave girls like you remind the society of the bravery of great women of the history such as Rani Lakshmibai, Jijabai. Shame of the timid onlookers!! They will keep on watching haplessly in the same way when one day their daughters or sisters or mothers will get molested in front of their eyes.

  • Jim S20-Mar-2015

    Pradnya Mandare is a very courageous and tenacious woman. It is very sad though, when the world will just stop and watch because they don't want to be inconvenienced and have to "waste" their time to help another.I hope that she never has to go through this thing again, but sadly being a women, she will. Keep strong young Miss.

  • sheetal mihir20-Mar-2015

    Yoy have set an example for other women. So proud me too from sathey college.

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  • Kalyani shekatkar20-Mar-2015

    Brave girl, a girls courage the only thing that can help her in such times, because Shameless people around, waiting to watch show are plenty and a harassed girl can't wait for help from such coward peeps, you helped yourself girl, and that's great. And at least I expect boys of our generation(educated), in future reduce this kinda crimes.

  • vikrant kshirsagar19-Mar-2015

    A Great Salute to Pradnya Mandhare. If I was there I would have appreciated and protected her. People should come forward to help women, instead of watching...

  • swathi20-Mar-2015

    Well done girl.....proud of u.....

  • pyar19-Mar-2015

    Great attempt...Every woman shud be like ths...den only these idiots will start thnking twice before approaching a grl...feelng ashamed of the ppl who wre present dere..

  • mario19-Mar-2015

    Well done girl....... proud of you.

  • Anil21-Mar-2015

    Good Efforts Pradnya, Shame to such crowd around.Just be safe, God Bless U.

  • A22-Mar-2015

    Not sure if its a publicity stunt. In India you're never sure

  • B,19-Mar-2015

    Good job! It takes great courage to do that.

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