Filmmaker Who Attacked Woman Still On The Run
Mumbai:The26-year-old physiotherapist who had hazardous chemical hurled at her face, at her Worli residence, took a discharge from hospital on Thursday morning,thoughthethreat to her eyesight may not be over. Her alleged attacker, documentary and ad filmmaker Jerrit John,isstill absconding.
The attackon Aryanka Hozbetkar, by John, whom she met in a cycling group but later calledoff thefriendship,evoked strong reactions even from his friends. Shewas attacked ather Adarsh Colony home in Worli at around5am on Wednesday.
Hozbetkar took a discharge from PD Hinduja Hospital on Thursday, where she was undergoing treatment, and went tolivewithher relatives. She apparently insisted on being allowed to go home. A family friend said, “Both mother are daughter are extremely scared and didn’t want to go back to their Worli house”. Hozbetkar has to visit the hospital almost everyday till the danger of losing vision in her right eye is completely ruled out. Though police claimed it was probably not an acid attack,thechemical usedcouldscar her face.
Policehaveformedseparate teams to nab John, associated with movies like Slumdog Millionaire, My Name Is Khan, etc. A senior inspector from Dadar police station said, “We have formedtwoteamstotraceJohn. A police team visited John’s brother’s house at Khar-Danda. Another team went to John’s Carter Road office in Bandra but it was shut,” said senior police inspector Prakash Patil. Till Thursday evening, police maintained the filmmaker was absconding. “John’s wife is away in Nagpur with their child, to meet her parents, and is probably unawareof theincident,” said a cop. “We have seized the bottle in which John brought the chemical. It’s not acid. Wehavesentitfor examination to Kalina Forensic Laboratory,” addedPatil.
John owns a production house named ‘No Nonsense’. Police learnt the filmmaker, whoseshortfilmsshowcased at Berlin and Cannes film festivals, has deleted his account from a social networking site.
The Times of India, November 9, 2012