The Telegraph
Wednesday , January 25 , 2017

Couple thrashed for protest

Jan. 24: Five youths thrashed a couple in Sonarpur on Sunday night when the man confronted one of them for passing lewd remarks at his wife, police said.

The woman, a yoga instructor, was left with a black eye and her husband, a karate teacher, with head, face and abdominal injuries, the police said.

The couple lodged a complaint with Sonarpur police station late on Sunday, but there were no arrests till this evening.

After her yoga classes, the woman usually walked down to a spot around two to three minutes away to meet her husband, an officer said.

The two would then head home on the man's motorcycle. "She was walking along the road like other days when a youth passed lewd remarks at her on Sunday. She ignored him and kept walking," the officer said.

When the woman met her husband, she told him about the youth. The man decided to visit the spot. When the two reached, the youth was still there, the officer said.

The man confronted the youth and an argument broke out between them, which soon snowballed into a scuffle, he said.

"The man told us that the youth called up someone, asking the person at the other end to reach the spot. Four of his friends arrived within minutes and started assaulting the couple," he said.

The man fell on the road as the youths rained blows on him. When his wife tried to rescue him, one of the youths punched her in the face, the officer said. "The woman lost consciousness. Seeing her in that condition, the youths fled the spot."

A few pedestrians came to their help. When some of them sprinkled water on the woman's face, she regained consciousness. They helped the couple reach a hospital nearby, the officer said.

After getting first aid, they went to Sonarpur police station to file a complaint.

"We have started a case of assault and outrage of modesty. A search is on for the assaulters," another officer said.

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