The Real Face of India: 70-Year-Old Woman Beaten Up by Eve-Teaser as Bystanders Watch

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The Real Face of India: 70-Year-Old Woman Beaten Up by Eve-Teaser as Bystanders Watch

Illustration: Robin Chakraborty

It’s no surprise by now that Uttar Pradesh is one of the worst states in the country to be a woman. In the last few months a spate of sexual assault cases reported by women, including a number of minors, have been making stomachs turn on social media.

Now, on Tuesday, another video is being circulated on Twitter. Recorded on a CCTV camera last week, it shows an elderly woman being brutally beaten up by a man in the middle of a street in Ghaziabad, a few kilometres from the capital Delhi.

The woman, who was reportedly said to be in her 70s, can be seen lying on the ground as a man repeatedly assaults her with his fists, and even hits her with a chair twice. But much to everyone’s disgust online, not one bystander stepped in to help her.

The video ends with the senior citizen lying unconscious in the street with about eight to 10 silent spectators standing on the sidelines.

According to reports, the woman had apparently objected to the man directing lewd comments at her daughter, before the incident took place. The Ghaziabad police, however, later said on Twitter that the man responsible for the abhorrent act had been arrested, but that there was no mention of eve-teasing in the FIR filed with them.

The woman’s son, meanwhile, was quoted as saying that the man who was arrested — identified as Sunil Chaudhury — was a repeat offender, who was known to pass lewd comments at women and young girls in the neighbourhood. As the police investigate Chaudhury’s past transgressions, the elderly woman was admitted to a hospital where her condition is said to be critical but stable for now.

Just a few days ago, another horrific report had said that a 70-year-old woman was both sexually assaulted and beaten up by a man in UP’s Ballia district. At this point, it seems as though we can’t go a single day without hearing about a shocking case of violence or sexual abuse against women in this country.

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