Friday, January 31, 2014

French woman attacked on crowded street

Hussain Saylawala and Ibris Sathalia took Claudon to hospital; Saiful Badokochi (inset)


‘Mentally Deranged’ Attacker Beaten Up By Mob At Fort


 

 Chittaranjan Tembhekar, Mateen Hafeez & Sumitra Deb Roy TNN 

 


Mumbai: Yet another incident on Thursday brought to the fore the fact that the city was unsafe for foreign nationals... this time again a woman. Though it was the first attack on a female foreigner this year, it is the second in six months. An American was mugged in a first class coach in Marine Lines by a drug addict in August 2013.
 
    French national Caroline Claudon (57) was attacked by a mentally deranged man on Thursday evening on the crowded Wallace Street at Fort, near the National Insurance building on D N Road. Saiful Badokochi, a resident of Khalpada, 24 Parganas, West Bengal, had apparently arrived in the city the same morning. Narendra Singh, senior inspector of the Azad Maidan police, said, “We have taken him in custody and his interrogation is on. He told us that foreigners had committed atrocities on us (Indians). He said he was hungry and had not eaten anything for three days.” The victim’s statement is yet to be recorded.
 
    Ravindra Shisve, deputy commissioner (zone I), met Claudon at the hospital’s emergency room and apologized for the attack. “Badokochi is deranged and probably suffering from some psychiatric condition,” he said. Shivse said he has been booked under Section 324 (causing hurt) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), a non-bailable offence.
 
    This is Claudon’s sixth trip to India and not the first to Mumbai. The attack left her with a deep cut on her cheek, inches below the eye. Doctors at St George Hospital said she needed nine stitches and was given intravenous fluids.
 
    The resident of Paris said the incident shocked her as she never experienced anything untoward on previous visits. “India is safe. Women security is an important issue. I keep coming back as I love this country and I have friends here,” she said, adding that Mumbai has been her favourite destination for spices for friends back home.
 
    She stays at the Salvation Army guest house in Colaba and plans to fly out on Saturday.
    Hussain Saylawala and
Ibris Sathalia, who took Caroline to hospital, said they were coming from the mosque when they saw her applying ice on her face at a nearby sugarcane juice kiosk. “She was bleeding and weeping, so we took her to hospital on our bike as traffic was heavy. The mob was after the attacker and hardly anyone took care of the lady,” they said.
 
    Sumit, an onlooker, said, “He looked enraged and had no intension to rob or molest her. He punched her in the face. People were confused, they thought the youth had stabbed Caroline and it was a murder attempt.” Sunil, also a witness, said the attacker was crying and was behaving abnormally when the crowd started beating him up.
 
    In August 13, 2005, a Manipuri, Ngakuimi Raleng and her friend Leishichon Shaiza, were stabbed at the Gateway of India in front of many bystanders.
 
SOME EARLIER ATTACKS
Aug 18, 2013 | American Michelle Marks was slashed and robbed by a drug addict on a train near Marine Lines aboard a local train
Nov 4, 2012 | Rape of Spaniard by an armed robber after he climbed into her rented flat through the window in Bandra
Oct 29, 2012 | Two youths attacked and molested a 21-year-old Russian dancer at Worli Seaface
Dec 27, 2005 | A 27-yearold aspiring model from South Africa was allegedly raped for two days by two youths who allegedly spiked her drink at a pub in a suburban hotel


The Times of India, January 31, 2014

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