Mumbai crime: On pretext of checking licence, man molests woman shopkeeper

The in-charge of the shopping complex at Navy Colony in Kanjurmarg (West) allegedly molested a woman shopkeeper on thepretext of checking her shop licence.

According to the police, the incident occurred on November 27 around 7 pm. The woman, who has been allotted a shop insidethe colony premises as her husband works for the Navy, was sitting inside the store when Ajay Adulkar, who oversees the shopping complex, arrived at her shop. He was accompanied by one Gopal Kumar.

Out of hand: The woman shows how the accused grabbed her hand. Pic/Datta Kumbhar

Adulkar demanded to see a licence for her shop. The woman produced it, and after flipping it over a few times, he gave it back to her. After a few minutes, he asked for it again. The woman complied and showed him the document.

Adulkar then demanded to see it for a third time, and this time, when she held it out, he grabbed her extended hand. Shocked, the woman shouted at him. Passers-by heard her scream and ran towards her shop but the duo had escaped.

“The department officials are aware that my licence is valid till the year 2017. I was surprised when Adulkar repeatedly asked to check my licence, and then molested me on that pretext. I have registered an FIR against him,” she said.

The woman approached Parksite police station and registered an FIR against Adulkar and the man with him. “We have registered an FIR against Adulkar under section 354 (assault or criminal force on woman with intent to outrage her modesty) of the IPC. The matter is under investigation,” said Hemant Palave, investigating officer.

The Other Side
“I am aware of the FIR against me, but the police have not approached me yet. I have heard that the police have met my boss. The woman has registered a false complaint against me. I wasn’t checking her licence, the security staff was. I had gone for a cup of tea. I was chatting with her and kept my distance. She has a fake identity card,” said Ajay Adulkar, the accused.  

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