Thiruvananthapuram: Two men in Kerala who have faced brutality from women over the past week have seen their cases take different routes, with one of them having the consolation of police action against the accused, and the other expressing despair for the “soft attitude” of police towards the group of women who attacked him.
Police have registered a case in the first instance against the woman, identified as Khairunnisa, who is accused of slashing the genitals of a man in a lodge in Kuttippuram near Malappuram.
The wounded man was later rushed to hospital when the woman herself sounded an alarm. The lodge officials and people helped rush the victim to a local hospital, from where he was taken to the Kozhikode Medical College.
Doctors said his genitals were slashed by nearly 70 per cent, and an emergency surgery was performed on him.
The details of the case continue to be scratchy, but police believe that the man, based abroad, was informally engaged to the woman. He had arrived in Kerala only recently, and the woman was enraged when she heard that he was going to be married to someone else. It is believed that she lured him to the lodge before castrating him.
Meanwhile, 32-year-old Uber taxi driver Shafeek, who was assaulted up by a group of women in broad daylight at Kochi’s busy Vytilla junction last week, is seething with anger because no strong action has been taken against his attackers.
The incident happened when Shafeek was operating a share-taxi ride, with one male passenger in his car. According to reports, the women passengers who had hailed the same cab, demanded that the male passenger get out. In the altercation that followed, Shafeek was beaten up and his clothes were torn by the women.
Shafeek suffered serious injuries to his face and head, and spent three days in hospital. Onlookers had helped police nab the women, who were later taken to the Marad police station. The women are all reportedly associated with the television industry.
After returning home from hospital, Shafeek wondered whether the laws were heavily loaded against men. On social media, many expressed doubt how the matter would have ended if the driver had been female and the attackers male.
Speaking to media persons, state police chief Loknath Behera said he had asked the Kochi city police commissioner to thoroughly investigate the Uber incident.