In Pune. Female sweeper was allegedly brutally thrashed and punched by an employer for asking three month pending salary. The incident took place in a residential building in Pune’s Akurdi and the accused in the matter was arrested after the video of the incident sparked outrage among netizens. The accused was identified as 23-year-old Arshad Kamal Khan. The victim in the matter is a 42-year-old woman from the Scheduled Tribe (ST) community.
In several purported videos gone viral, the accused can be seen pushing the 42-year-old housekeeping staffer and repeatedly punching her in her face and in the stomach. The accused rains a blow of punches on the victim after she allegedly asked him for his pending salary. Meanwhile, several other residents simply peak and look at the commotion, choosing not to intervene.
While the condemnable incident’s video sparked outrage, it should be noted that upon digging, we found another longer video of the incident. In that video, the woman was the first one to strike the employer with her broom and hitting him with it for multiple times.
Allegedly, the accused also hurled casteist slur against her. In the aftermath, an FIR was registered against the accused under multiple sections of the IPC and SC/ST Act.
The Facts of the Matter
In a shocking incident in Pune, a 42-year-old female conservancy worker belonging to the Scheduled Tribe (ST) community was molested and brutally beaten up by her employer’s brother. The incident occurred at a commercial complex in Akurdi, where the brother of the accused owns a transport service.
According to the victim’s complaint, she had not been paid her salary for the past three months. When she approached the accused, who had been manning the shop in his brother’s absence, he asked her to come back the next day. However, when the woman returned, the accused picked up an argument with her and brutally beat her up, leaving her bleeding profusely.
The entire ordeal was caught on CCTV, visuals of which have since gone viral.
What Does the Video Show?
In one of the purported videos gone viral, the accused can be seen making the housekeeping woman back off by intimidating her. Before long, the accused starts to rain punches on the 42-year-old woman, striking her repeatedly on her face and stomach. The victim backs off and collapses due to incessant beating down, as the accused remains on ground, threatening to start thrashing her again at a moment’s notice.
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Full Video Shows Woman Hitting Employer First
While the truncated video only shows the victim being thrashed, another extended version of the video shows the woman being the first to escalate matters. The woman is seen hitting the accused with a broom and striking him with it before the accused chose to react violently and thrash her.
Accused Hurled Casteist Slur, Arrested Under SC/ST Act
According to reports, during the attack, the accused also molested the woman and hurled casteist slurs at her, according to the police.
The Maharashtra Police have arrested the 23-year-old accused, identified as Arshad Kamal Khan, based on a complaint filed at Nigdi police station in Pune. The police have filed a First Information Report (FIR) under the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, as well as invoking Indian Penal Code sections pertaining to voluntarily causing hurt, outraging modesty, and intentional insult.