Man held for masturbating at US woman in Mumbai gets bail

25-year-old man, who was arrested by Colaba police for allegedly masturbating at an American woman, has been granted bail.

The Colaba police, on Wednesday, had arrested the man for the obscene act on the street in broad daylight on Monday.

The accused has been identified as Gopal Valmiki (25), a resident of Bheed Bunder, Colaba. He was picked up by cops at 1.30 am on Wednesday. Valmiki is a graduate and works in Share Bazaar. The accused will be produced in the court in the afternoon.

The incident led to huge outrage and shame after the woman very cleverly took a picture of the accused and posted it on Twitter, after which it was instantly picked up and retweeted several thousand times. Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis intervened and asked cops to look into the matter.

Man held for masturbating at US woman in Mumbai gets bail

Several teams from Colaba police station as well as the Crime Branch are investigating the case.

Sources also said that woman had to face molestation in public few days earlier as well. After Monday’s incident, her patience ran out, and she finally decided to make the photo public.

During the shameful act, the man allegedly even tried to come near the woman, after which she made desperate calls for help. Two alert locals intervened and caught the man. He, however, escaped while being taking to Colaba police station.

The woman later posted a tweet (with the accused’s image), which read, “Please RT- this man just masturbated at me on the street in broad daylight. Ran away after a confrontation.”

Initially, the woman did not approach the Colaba police but later in the evening after massive debate and outrage on social sites, police officials got in touch with her and asked her to file a formal complaint. On Tuesday afternoon, police officials reached her residence to record her statement, after which a FIR was registered in the matter.

“The accused has been booked under section 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult modesty of a woman) of the IPC,” a police official informed.

Source: Mid Day


I was only urinating, says Mumbai youth accused of flashing foreigner

After he was arrested for allegedly masturbating at an American woman in broad daylight, the 25-year-old says he was only answering nature’s call and the woman had misunderstood his intentions.

After an American woman tweeted about a youth who allegedly masturbated at her in broad daylight near Colaba causeway, the accused has come forward with his own version of events “I was urinating there. When I finished, the foreign woman came from behind and saw me zip up my shorts. Our eyes met and suddenly she started screaming,” said the 25-year-old, who was arrested in the wee hours of Wednesday, after which he was granted bail.

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The woman posted this picture of the accused on Twitter, sparking an outrage and catching the attention of the CM, who pushed the cops to find and arrest him in two days

He added that the whole incident was a misunderstanding and he had been defamed and falsely implicated. mid-day had highlighted the episode that took place on Monday morning, after which the woman tweeted a picture of the youth along with the allegation. She tweeted, “Please RT-this man just masturbated at me on the street in broad daylight.

Ran away after a confrontation.” The post sent Twitter into overdrive and even caught the attention of the Chief Minister, who intervened and ensured that the very next day, the Colaba police registered an FIR in the matter under section 509 (Word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of the IPC.

With intense pressure to perform, the cops circulated the image of the youth on WhatsApp until they discovered his identity Gopal Valmiki, a resident of Colaba. Two days later, the police arrested Valmiki and presented him in court, when he was granted bail.

Valmiki’s family maintains that he is innocent. “We are a family of seven, and half are females. Our brother could not have done this. He is an educated man and works in the share market. He even got married a few months ago,” his siblings told mid-day.

As Valmiki tells the tale, he had gone on a morning walk and needed to attend to nature’s call. There was no public toilet there, so he was forced to relieve himself between two parked cars. It was as he was zipping up that the woman spotted him and began to scream.
His brother added, “Two passers-by caught my brother as the woman began screaming. They decided to take my brother to the police station. On the way there, my brother explained to the woman that it was a clear case of misunderstanding. My brother never tried to escape. The woman let him off near Electric House in Colaba.”
His sister, in turn, said it was unfair of the woman to publicly malign Valmiki, instead of filing a police complaint against him. Claiming the family was unaware of the incident until much later, she added, “The woman let off my brother and later posted a picture of him on Twitter.

She should have gone to the police station and filed a complaint instead of defaming my brother publicly. Then because of the pressure, she filed the complaint later. If we had known about the incident earlier, we would have gone to the police station ourselves.”

“We have been staying in Colaba since childhood, and foreigners regularly visit this area, but my brother has never been involved in any such act in the past. People are calling it perverted and shameful. I want to tell everyone that my brother is innocent,” she added.

Finding Valmiki

After the public outrage and the CM’s intervention in the matter, there was huge pressure on cops to arrest the accused. A police source said, “As we had no clue about the accused, we made a special WhatsApp group, connecting informers from residential associations and committees. We kept adding more and more people to the ‘Eyes and Ears’ group and sent everyone the accused’s photo until someone identified him.”

Source: Mid Day

US woman takes to Twitter to nab man who masturbated at her in South Mumbai

In an incident that could further damage Mumbai’s reputation for being unsafe for women, an American national tweeted the photo of a youth who allegedly masturbated at her in broad daylight in south Mumbai.

The incident occurred on Monday morning at around 8.59 am near Colaba Causeway. The woman managed to click the man’s picture before he fled the spot after she confronted him. She later tweeted the photo.

An American woman’s accusation and tweet, which went viral on Monday morning, led the police to launch a hunt for him.

The police are yet to decide which IPC Section is to be invoked in the matter.

US woman takes to Twitter to nab man who masturbated at her in South Mumbai

According to the woman, the man allegedly masturbated in front of her and ran away from the spot when she confronted him. The foreign national approached the police and narrated the harrowing incident.


Speaking to mid-day, Senior Inspector Vinay Gadgil from Colaba police station said the woman did not visit the police station after the incident. But when they discovered about the incident, cops contacted her. He added that the woman told the police that she would meet them on Tuesday, following which an FIR could be filed based on her complaint.

“I heard a woman shouting, so I came out of my car. She was with the accused when she sought directions for the police station. I showed here where the police station was located,” said an eyewitness.

“Based on a verbal complaint by the victim, the police have initiated a search for the accused. However, we are yet to record the statement of the complainant to know what exactly happened. We will get a clear picture only when we record her statement,” said Vinay Gadgil, Senior Inspector of Colaba Police Station.

“As the victim’s statement has not been recorded yet, I will not be able to say that under which (IPC) Section the accused would be booked,” added Gadgil.

The incident came to public notice when the American woman tweeted about it, and her tweet soon went viral on social networking sites like Tweeter and Facebook.

The victim also mentioned two men, who where passing-by and came to her help when she raised an alarm. She also tweeted the image again, this time to clarify the fact that the man approaching the camera was the accused and the other two were the Good Samaritans.

US woman takes to Twitter to nab man who masturbated at her in South Mumbai

To get clues about the identity of the accused, police are going through a photo which the victim had managed to click, said Gadgil.

(With PTI Inputs)

Source: Mid Day

Delhi Woman Arrested On Auto Driver’s Complaint Of Confinement, Sexual Assault

Delhi Woman Arrested On Auto Driver's Complaint Of Confinement, Sexual Assault
Delhi Woman Arrested On Auto Driver’s Complaint Of Confinement, Sexual Assault

NEW DELHI – Delhi Police has arrested a 32-year-old woman for allegedly kidnapping an auto driver and extorting money from him. The 42-year-old auto driver has also alleged that she sexually assaulted him, though the police case against her does not include that charge.

According to the auto driver’s complaint, the woman flagged his auto down around midnight on Tuesday at Neb Sarai in south Delhi. The auto driver agreed to take her to Arjun Nagar, and she asked him to take a detour to stop at a convenience store on the way.

“She asked to borrow Rs 300 for him, which he at first refused,” the auto driver’s brother told HuffPost India over the phone. “She pleaded with him, promising to pay him back when they reached their destination. So he agreed.”

After reaching her house at Arjun Nagar, the woman reportedly asked the auto driver to come upstairs with her to her first floor home. Once they walked into her house, she allegedly locked the front door and tried to convince him to drink alcohol with her. When he protested, she proceeded to consume the liquor and then locked him in her house and left, he has alleged.

She later returned with another woman, identified by the police to be of Tanzanian origin, and they allegedly took away his money and auto driver’s license. “The Indian woman then tried to force herself on him and tore his shirt and undershirt while the foreigner lady began filming the episode,” his brother said. “Panicking and fearing for his life, he ran towards the balcony and jumped out, fracturing both legs.”

While a case of kidnapping, wrongful restraint, and extortion has been lodged against the two women in the local police station, the Indian woman has been arrested and sent to judicial custody at Tihar Jail. Police also found four other licenses belonging to different auto drivers and suspect this could be a bigger racket. The accused Tanzanian woman was on the run, Inspector Vishuddhanand Jha at the Safdarjung Enclave police station told IANS.

Source: Huffington Post

Woman who tried to molest auto driver arrested
Authorickshaw driver alleged that the woman forced herself on him. Driver Umesh Prasad, 41, alleged that two women forcibly tried to have sex with him on the pretext of pay

A 32-year-old woman has been arrested after an autorickshaw driver complained that she forcibly tried to have sex with him, police said on Thursday.

Another woman, said to be from Tanzania and who reportedly tried to film the act, was on the run, Inspector Vishuddhanand Jha at the Safdarjung Enclave police station told IANS.

Driver Umesh Prasad, 41, alleged that one of the women, Renu Lalwani, hired his autorickshaw on Wednesday afternoon in Saket in south Delhi and wanted to go to Arjun Nagar, about seven kilometres away.

At Arjun Nagar, she invited the driver to her flat on the pretext of paying him.

After offering him drinking water, Lalwani suddenly locked the doors from inside and sought sexual favours from the driver which he denied, Jha said.

The woman “then offered him wine which he again refused to take. Frustrated, she forced herself on him, tore his clothes and kissed him while her roommate filmed the whole incident”, the officer said.

After about an hour, “when the two women went to the other room for a discussion, the driver jumped out of the first floor balcony and fractured his foot”, Jha said.

Police said they had arrested Lalwani and were looking for the foreigner, identified only as Hitija.

Police found four badges and four driving licenses of auto drivers from Lalwani. Police believe the women may have trapped other drivers similarly.

Source: The Indian Express

Activists demand gender neutral laws, Commission for Men

Press Trust of India | Mumbai | Men’s rights activists today demanded setting up of a national-level commission for men on the lines of the National Commission for Women (NCW) to safeguard their interests.

The demand was made when men’s rights activists from across the country gathered in suburban Bhayander here today at a meeting organised by an NGO Save Indian Family.

Kumar Jahgirdar, who spearheads the movement for gender-neutral laws, and also runs an NGO– Childrens’ Right Initiative for Shared Parenting (CRISP), said, “Though men pay more than 82 per cent of the country’s Income Tax, no government has ever bothered to address their problems. Therefore, we demand a dedicated ministry for men’s welfare and also a men’s commission on the lines of NCW.”

It is an irony that while there are dedicated ministries for even animals and forests but none for men, he added.

Swarup Sarkar, president of the Save Indian Family (SIF), an NGO which works to promote family and marital harmony and also advocates gender neutral laws, said, “Now there is an urgent need to act against those women, who file false complaints (against husbands) with the protection of women-centric laws.”

Interestingly, a number of women were also present at today’s event, who also vociferously demand setting up of a commission for men.

Barkha Trehan, a businesswomen from Delhi and also attached with SIF Delhi Chapter, said, “As many as fifty laws are made for women, but not a single for men. The voices of 50 per cent population are being completely unheard in this democratic country, which cannot be ignored now.”

“Now, government should wake up and have an assessment of the impact of only women-biased laws as 64,000 (citing National Crime Records Bureau data) are killed by their wives nationally,” she said.

The meeting in Bhayander will continue till Sunday and activists will pass resolutions seeking changes in laws, which will then be handed over to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to “save Men” and treat them as equal citizens.

Source: Business Standard

NGOs want shared parenting made compulsory for children’s welfare

NGOs want shared parenting made compulsory for children's welfare CRISP, a Bangalore-based NGO which is pursuing the issue, along with other groups in different parts of the country, has written to the prime minister, seeking his intervention to ensure implementation of the Law Commission recommendation — making shared parenting compulsory.

Children deprived of access to fathers in a custodial battle suffer from several psychological disorders while growing up, said members of different NGOs gathered in the city on Thursday to talk about the need to make shared parenting compulsory. Several studies conducted by the groups pursuing to implement the ‘shared parenting plan’ show that such children are more prone to committing suicide, dropping out of school or indulging in juvenile crimes.

CRISP, a Bangalore-based NGO which is pursuing the issue, along with other groups in different parts of the country, has written to the prime minister, seeking his intervention to ensure implementation of the Law Commission recommendation — making shared parenting compulsory.

National president of CRISP Kumar Jahgirdar, while addressing the media and non-custodian parents, said, “There are lakhs of cases pending in various cities and district courts in our country for several years. The delay in deciding in child custody matters is leading to children being deprived of fathers’ love and affection in more that 98% cases, thus leading to a fatherless society.”

At the meet, where several non-custodian parents spoke about the urgent need for shared parenting, said that in foreign countries there are laws which prevent parental alienation.

CRISP member Manoj Gandhi said, “Efforts need to be taken right at the beginning; if a child gets love from both parents, litigation will come down drastically in family courts. China, the US and Canada have adopted joint parenting system.”

CRISP has demanded that family courts, within six months, dispose of all child custody related matters and effectively use parenting plans as a mandatory procedure in courts. It also wants that substantial and significant parenting time be granted to both parents on a continuous basis, and that judiciary take action against parental alienation and non-compliance or interference in court-ordered visitation, done with the purpose of alienating the other parent.

Pending cases

12,000 in Maharashtra
20,000 in Karnataka
16,000 in Kerala
28,000 in Gujarat

Source: DNA News

NGO to take up men’s cause on Independence Day

Tribune News Service – Jalandhar, August 12 | This Independence Day, a group of 50 NGOs, under the banner of Save Indian Family (SIF) and more than 180 activists across the nation will assemble in Mumbai for the advocacy of gender neutral laws.

The seventh national confluence has been earmarked to evolve a strategy for “protecting vulnerable men from laws facing undue harassment due to heavily loaded legal provisions against men.”

“The national confluence aims to evolve a consensus from nationwide volunteers to plan initiatives to empathise with the deteriorating situation of men on the legal front, health care and social status, to address men in distress through various channels, campaigns, creating of groups and establishing respect for men,” said members of the Insaaf Awareness Movement, including Kunal Aggarwal, president, Kamal Sharma, secretary, Vikas Madaan and Bharat Chauhan, the other activists from Jalandhar.

The members believe that men have been marginalised like never before. Apart from gender neutral laws, the group will also discuss the issue of suicide being committed by them. “Suicides exhibit social trauma and mental status of men. The NCRB 2014 illustrates the vulnerable situation that men are facing in the present scenario. Every 5.9 minutes, a men is committing suicide in India with family disputes as the single largest reason for male suicide,” they said in a press note.

Source: The Tribune