In India, every hour, numerous girls get abused, molested, and raped, but hardly any of these cases are reported. Even if they are reported, getting justice is also a big hoax. Assault is the fourth most common crime against women in India. There are several forms of violence against women. Violence against women related to modesty encompasses assaults intended to outrage a woman’s modesty and insult her. The recurrent abuses and usurpations of women throughout human history have been done with the intention of establishing their dictatorship over them.
Women were usually thought to be weak and susceptible to exploitation. Violence against women has long been regarded as a fact. Slapping, hitting, and harassment by men in their lives have become common phenomena. Although there is no gender-specific profile of domestic violence victims, it is commonly found that women make up the majority of the victims. For a variety of reasons, women from almost every level—from the upper class to the lower class, from the educated to the uneducated—are victims of abuse.
The Indian Constitution provides numerous guarantees to shield women from discrimination as well as to uphold their dignity and strengthen their sense of empowerment. These include providing women with protection through the adoption of laws like the Domestic Violence Act, which was adopted in 2005 and became effective on October 26, 2006. But these laws are of no use. No doubt Indian societies have committed atrocities towards women but there is another side to such stories too. Men need justice and sometimes they too get bullied by women.
Recently in Mumbai, Thane, a young model was subjected to nastiness by her boyfriend. When I saw her pictures of her swollen lips, ravaged limbs, and gaping wounds on social media, I was really disturbed. While the girl is now recovering at a hospital, her boyfriend was arrested and released the next day. According to the woman’s social media posts, her lover, who is the son of Anilkumar Gaikwad, the joint MD of MSRDC, tried to mow her down with his car after a fight in Thane city. Two of his friends were also involved in the crime to support their friend. Whereas, Priya Singh was constantly abusing Ashwajit, his wife, and friends because she was frustrated.
Priya Singh, a social media influencer and a beautician from Thane, shared a post on her Instagram page stating that on December 11, her boyfriend Ashwajit Gaikwad had invited her to meet him and allegedly ordered his driver to run her over with his car. She claimed that when she tried to take her belongings from the accused’s car, the driver tried to mow her down, leaving her with serious injuries. Three bones of her right leg are broken; they have been operated on. From her left shoulder to her hips, I’ve got deep injuries.
Following her complaint, the Thane Police registered a case under relevant sections of the law and formed an SIT to probe the case. An offence has been registered under sections 279, 338, 323, 504, and 34 of the IPC. A primary investigation has been done by the local police officers. No doubt the accused person is not only rich but also influential due to his father’s big position.
Priya met Ashwajit through a common friend and after meeting frequently, they developed a bond. Their friendship continued for years, while Ashwajit Gaikwad is a married man and a father of lovely kids. In a post on her Instagram page, Priya wrote: “I had a four-and-a-half-year relationship with my boyfriend. We were completely in love with each other. I did not know earlier that he was married. Later, when I came to know, he told me that they (his wife and him) were not together anymore; they had separated. He said that he wanted to marry me. I was staying with him for a long time.”
Ashwajit Gaikwad is married to a very elegant and reputed woman who is known to the entire Thane. He and his wife are very well together and are parenting their lovely kids. On December 11, Ashwajit Gaikwad took his wife to a party, where they had a good time. One of the friends posted all the party pictures and videos on social media and that is how Priya got to know that Ashwajit is still with his wife. Priya lost her mind and she had gone to meet Gaikwad at the hotel but the two ended up having an argument. Ashwajit was leaving the place to avoid further confrontations. Priya clung to his driver’s car, and the driver, too, wanted to leave as his boss had already left. But then, as soon as the driver sped, she fell off, and in the process, she hurt herself badly as it was a moving car that she clung on to. Because Ashwajit is a senior bureaucrat, the news became big. On the same day, there was an accident on the same route, but the media felt the necessity of reporting it.
Soon after this episode, Ashwajit Gaikwad’s family issued an official statement refuting allegations by Priya Singh. As per the statement, when the incident happened, Singh was allegedly intoxicated, and Ashwajit was at a family get-together with his wife, kids, and friends. The family stated that the incident occurred between 1:30 AM and 2 AM. On the other hand, Singh claimed the incident occurred around 4 am. The statement reads that Singh was continuously messaging Ashwajit, wanting to meet him. She reached the Courtyard Hotel, where the family was having a party, and barged into it.
This accident could have been avoided if Priya had called Ashwajit the next morning and confronted him. Probably they both could have ended up giving better shape to their relationship.