MUMBAI: The suburban MIDC police station has fined a 25-year-old woman for allegedly shouting and abusing bystanders at public places and creating a ruckus in the police station recently.
Mumbai police spokesperson Dhananjay Kulkarni said that on September 17 night, Sunita Yadav, a receptionist at a hotel in suburban Parel, began misbehaving with the driver of a taxi she had hired in an inebriated condition.
“She abused the driver in a drunken state and abused passers by, which prompted him to drive her to the MIDC police station. When police officers on duty at the police station enquired about her, she did not spare them either,” the police official said.
She was allowed to leave the police station after being fined Rs 1,200 and made to issue an apology under Section 110 and Section 112 of the Maharashtra Police Act which prohibits indecent behaviour at public places, but not before her antics at the police station were videographed by a cop on duty.
The video which was posted on Facebook, went viral and purportedly showed the woman consuming beer, flanked by police officers, even as she told cops on duty, “Oye Madamji, Sunita Yadav. Haryana ki hoon main. (Madam, my name is Sunita Yadav. I am from Haryana)”.
Reacting to the incident, bureaucrat-turned-lawyer Abha Singh called the police response “soft” and said that police officers ought to have taken a serious note of it.
“I feel that the police should have slapped Section 353 of the Indian Penal Code, which has a provision of two years’ punishment for obstructing government servants from discharging their duties,” the lawyer said.