A young bank manager walking back home around 9pm was allegedly pulled by her hair from a motorbike at Golf Garden, causing her to fall into a drain and end up with a fractured eyebrow and broken teeth.
The victim lodged a police complaint against two unidentified men on a motorbike late on Saturday night, describing how the two-wheeler “dangerously” brushed past her while the man riding pillion grabbed her by the hair.
“I was walking along the boundary wall of the Royal Calcutta Golf Club when suddenly I felt someone pull my hair. Before I could turn around, I lost balance and fell into a drain and the bike sped away,” the woman, in her early 30s, told the police.
Jadavpur police station registered a case of “outrage of modesty and rash and negligent driving” based on the woman’s complaint, only to blame the incident on a “huge crater”.
“On inspecting the stretch, it has been found that there is a huge crater there. The motorbike rider and the person on pillion may not have intended to assault the woman. It is possible that they lost balance themselves after landing on the crater and the hair grab was an unintentional act,” said an officer at Lalbazar, the police headquarters.
But investigators did not rule out the possibility of an attempt to snatch, molest or just harass a woman walking down a lane alone at night.
“In the absence of the motorbike’s registration number, it is difficult to say whether the rider and the person on pillion were trying to snatch the victim’s bag, molest or scare her,” a cop said.
On Sunday evening, a schoolgirl cycling home after tuition around 6pm was robbed of her bag at Haridevpur on the southern fringe of the city.
The injured bank executive’s father said he had joined a drive in the south Calcutta neighbourhood to stop speed biking, little knowing that his daughter would soon become a victim of it. He made an appeal through Metro to all motorbike owners not to intimidate people with speed.
“Two months ago, we had caught a number of young bikers who used to speed dangerously through the Azadgarh market. It is my appeal to them and all who drive in such a negligent manner…. Today my daughter is injured, tomorrow it could be anyone else, even the biker himself,” the 65-year-old said.
“My daughter came home that night bleeding. The bone above her right eyelid was fractured, her teeth looked hammered, her chin was bleeding and her arms were badly bruised,” he recounted.
The victim, a resident of Azadgarh working in Salt Lake, was a few metres from home when the incident occurred.
Father and daughter went to a government hospital for a medical certificate before heading for Jadavpur police station to lodge the complaint.
The woman’s ordeal is one of many harassment complaints registered in the past few weeks.