Kolkata: The Kolkata Police have come under the scanner after an incident of harassment of former Miss India Ushoshi Sengupta and their alleged inefficiency to deal with the case in the heart of Kolkata on Tuesday.
As per reports, several officials involved in the case been suspended and served show-cause notices.
The Kolkata police informed on Twitter that seven persons have been arrested so far and a high-level inquiry into the matter of non-filing of the FIR has been initiated.
Further, as several media houses have skewed the narrative into a molestation case, Sengupta took a stand and said that it was mob violence and not molestation, and the incident concerns the safety of all people, not just women.
The 30-year-old described her ordeal in a Facebook post which left her in dismay. She wrote, “Last night absolutely shook me. This is not the kolkata I came back to, not the kolkata I left flourishing career outside to come back and live.I represented kolkata and won the title of Miss India… I represent this city, I represent this county I stand up for every girl every citizen who is scared to live in this situation.”
While returning in a cab from work, Sengupta and her colleague were stopped at a turning and almost 15 boys pulled her Uber driver out and thrashed him. She wrote, “We were taking a left turn from the exide crossing towards Elgin while few boys in a bike (without helmet ) came and hit the Uber. To which they stopped the bike and started yelling at the driver. In a fraction of second there were 15 boys and they all started banging the car window and dragging the driver out. They dragged the driver and started beating him up.”
The model-actor stepped out to take control and yelled at the boys and made a video of the incident. Sengupta said, “I ran across the street to Maidan Police station , I saw an officer standing and I requested him to come with me, he told me that this is not under them but under the jurisdiction of Bhawanipore Police station. This is when I broke down I begged them to come or else the boys would have killed the driver. The officers came and held the boys saying why are they creating nuisance. The boys pushed the police officers and ran away. After everything was over two officers from Bhawanipore police station came, by then it was 12am.”
Just when she taught it was over and was headed home, she realised few of the boys had been tailing her cab. “To my utter surprise the boys followed us till my colleagues house and right when we were dropping him near lake gardens govt housing 6 of the boys in 3 bikes came and stopped my car , threw stones , broke the car.”
The ex-Miss India alleged that they dragged her out and tried to break her phone to delete the video evidence, she somehow called her family and informed about the incident. She said she was “completely shaken” by it.
In her Facebook post, she wrote, “The cops came told me to do an FIR at Charu Market police station. I went there Met the sub inspector who told me my complain will be only taken by the Bhawanipore police station. At this point I gave up and started shouting, [it was] 1:30 am. No female police officer at the station. After raising a lot of questions the officer took my complain but refused to take the uber drivers complain stating that 2 FIR’s can’t be taken for the same complain. And he told me that it’s against the law. My Uber driver insisted that he wants to do the complaint but the officers didn’t take it.”
Sengupta pointed out the sorry state of affairs and wrote, “Firstly, if you are getting mobbed, violated, molested or even killed please be assured about the jurisdiction of the police station before running to them. Because even if it is 100 meter away from your spot and not under the jurisdiction chances are very rare they will come and help. Secondly, how does 15 boys without helmet have such ease to beat up the driver and break the car… this was a way to extract money from the driver… Thirdly, even if the mob is beating the driver if you step out and raise a voice you will be attacked too. To help others and stand up is a scary thing to do, because the police who was 100 mtrs away refused to help.”
She also mentioned that not just the locals, but even the police can identify the boys in the video.
In 2010, Sengupta was crowned as Miss India. She is also a TedX speaker and entrepreneur.