Two days after mid-day reported the indifference that a 26-year-old Manipuri woman met when she went to file a molestation complaint at the Vakola police station, the police force is focused on building a strong case against the accused who was arrested in Bangalore and will be produced in court on Saturday. In addition, departmental action has also been initiated against the errant cop who filed a mere non-cognisable complaint (NC) instead of an FIR.
The Manipuri woman who was molested
The Vakola police will produce the accused, 33-year-old Ravi Jadhav, in court today. Jadhav stands accused of spitting on the complainant, abusing and assaulting her, and tearing her clothes and molesting her in public in Kalina. The woman went to Vakola police station to lodge an FIR in the matter, and even showed PSI Sanjay Pawar her torn clothes, but he merely filed an NC. When mid-day reported this on Wednesday, an FIR was registered in the matter the same day, and a manhunt was launched for the suspect.
Joint CP (Law & Order) Deven Bharti told mid-day, "The accused has been arrested and he will be produced in court on Saturday. We will build a strong case against him." He also confirmed that departmental action has been initiated against PSI Pawar.
The accused’s family members had earlier said he is mentally unstable, but the police are not buying this claim. Cops are waiting for his medical reports to ascertain his mental condition, but they suspect he had anger issues.
"His family also confirmed that he has a very short temper. Once he had even broken the family television in a fit of anger," said Senior Inspector Mahadev Wavale from Vakola police station.
Another senior police officer said that during interrogation, Jadhav claimed that he had not meant to spit on the woman. When she shouted at him for spitting, he lost his temper and started assaulting her. However, the officer added that this is no justification for thrashing the woman.
Jadhav hails from the Kunchi Karvekar community and was found in Dhavangiri in Karnataka. He is married and used to work as an AC mechanic but is currently unemployed.