It was a busy crowded day in seaport- airport Kochi road, when a man and woman got assaulted in day broadlight. Under the shock of the event the woman had this to tell ” No, I was not wearing revealing clothes. No, it was not dark. And no, we were not alone.Around 4.30 pm on September 15, my male friend and I were on our way to a shop. It was the third day of Onam, and there was no other vehicle on the road. As we began to cross the road, a white Etios car suddenly came at us. We stepped back and yelled at the driver. Then, we went on our way. A few minutes later, the driver returned and began to abuse us. For about 100 meters we walked hurriedly, ignoring their verbal abuse. Then the driver jumped out of the car and groped me. When my friend Shambhu defended me, he slit my friend’s hands with a knife and threw him to a 10-metre-deep pit. The passenger stood on the side, watching.”
Apparently such a crime in broadday light and no man or woman came to their rescue. The couple kept yelling for help. But the onlookers were too scared to act or even inform the police.
Aswani Dravid is currently a research scholar in Department of Political Science, Kerala University and Shambhu Sajith works as Business Analyst in Sutherland Global Services. Aswani said “By this time, I begged the other man (passenger) to take the driver away. He went over to the driver and dragged him away.A young chap crossed the road and helped us into an auto. We reached a nearby hospital and obtained medical help. Shambhu sustained three deep cuts on his palm and wrist and had to have nine stitches. I had multiple nail marks on hands and my arms were swollen.”
Aswani Dravid the victim said that a huge crowd gathered in front of her to watch the show of her cry and pain. The man who tried to defend her was bleeding profusely with no emergency help on the spot. They tried googling for nearby police station numbers but did not find anything. They even tried dialing 100 and failed as the lines were busy.
After the police arrived in the hospital they were informed of the attackers in the white etios car. Around every corner police check for helmets, licenses and registration books. How then, could two drunken men roam free in kochi?
The victims had this question to ask the society “As responsible citizens of this world, how can we sleep peacefully knowing that he is out there on the streets? If this is what he did to us without any provocation, wouldn’t our silence make him stronger? Wouldn’t the same or more happen to another person? It was sheer luck that the weapon missed Shambhu’s veins. Do the police know the gravity of this attack?”
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