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Air hostess, friends molested, phone snatched on New Year’s Eve

A 28-year-old air hostess and her two female friends were allegedly molested and her husband and a male friend were thrashed by about a dozen men when the five had gone to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Hauz Khas.

The woman’s husband, a consultant with a firm in Gurugram, told The Hindu that they had stepped out of a café at Sri Aurobindo Marg around 1.30 a.m. and were waiting for a cab when the incident happened.

“Initially, two boys passed lewd comments at my wife and her friends. I told them to leave us alone and an argument ensued,” the 28-year-old consultant said.

The victims spotted two police officers and told them about the boys. “The officers slapped the duo. While leaving, they threatened us with dire consequences,” he said. About 10 minutes later, the duo came back with about 10 others and started thrashing them. They beat up the consultant, groped his wife and her friends and threatened them with rape. “My wife has an injury on her upper body. She and her friends are still in shock,” the consultant said, adding that the attackers, who were drunk, also snatched his wife’s mobile phone.

He claimed that the attack continued for 10-15 minutes and there were about 100-150 people on the street but no one helped them. “They were instead making videos,” he said, adding that a female friend managed to escape and called police. “The police helped us get a cab and we left for home. All the attackers had fled by then.”

On Tuesday morning, the couple lodged a complaint at Hauz Khas police station. The FIR was registered on Wednesday and a medical examination was conducted. A case under Sections 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 506 (criminal intimidation), 379 (theft), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 34 (common intention) of IPC has been registered but no arrests have been made so far.

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