26/10/2015 5:00 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

Mumbai Actress Nabs Harassers After Real-Life Autorickshaw Chase


An actress chased down two men who made lewd comments at her and this was a real-life chase that involved auto rickshaws careening down the streets of Mumbai.

According to a report in Mid-Day, 26-year-old aspiring actress and model Purnima Behl had gone jogging at around 10:30 pm at Bandstand, Bandra, Mumbai, when two men accosted her.

"On Thursday night, after I had finished jogging, I was sitting on a bench, talking to my family on the phone. One guy approached me asking if I needed any help. He continued to ask me my name and why I was so busy on the phone," she said.

She also added that after a few minutes, another man came and sat close to her, asking her what her 'price' was if they wanted to spend the night with her.

That's when Behl got angry and started yelling at them. But what surprised the Jammu girl was that none of the people around -- joggers, walkers and families -- came over to help her.

After her yelling started to gain some attention, the two men decided to run away, and got into an auto rickshaw.

While most women would have let the matter end there, feisty Behl decided to hunt down another auto rickshaw and follow them.

“Their auto was just going to pass the nakabandi when I got down from my auto, ran towards them and informed the cops. The accused told me that it was a small incident and that I should give them another chance and let them go free. But I was adamant on filing an FIR,” Behl told Mid-Day. Even after managing to get them both to the police station, one of them managed to escape.

Senior Police Inspector Ramchandra Dhawle of Bandra police station confirmed the incident. A police officer said, “The accused is identified as Dinesh Yadav (27) who is boxer from Haryana. He was charged under Sections 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) and 34 (common intention) of the IPC. On Friday afternoon, the accused was presented in Bandra court where he was granted bail. We are locating the other accused, Amit Kumar. He will be arrested soon.”

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