BHOPAL – A Muslim woman was allegedly molested and thrashed by an armed mob in Madhya Pradesh’s Ujjain on Friday. The mob also assaulted the woman’s acquaintance, who tried to intervene and stop the accused.
Zarreen Khan, a physiotherapist, was passing through Ujjain’s Kharakua on her scooty when the main accused, Hitesh Badwaya, stopped her two-wheeler and pulled the vehicle’s key out.
The man – as claimed by the doctor – inappropriately grabbed her hand and assaulted her on being resisted.
Later, Zarreen sought help from one of her acquaintances, Taufeeq Khan, who was passing through the area.
Taufeeq intervened and asked the accused to back off, but Hitesh — instead of budging — called his group members and thrashed Taufeeq before fleeing the spot.
After the incident, locals in the area, led by two Congress leaders, Noori Khan and Ravi Bhadauria, surrounded the police station and demanded swift action against the accused. The protestors demanded that the house of the accused be demolished.
SP Sachin Sharma convinced the protestors that quick action would be taken against the accused, after which the protestors backed off.