After kicking up a big row, both parties claim victimhood


Women from both the families living in upscale Hulimavu layout have told cops that men from the other family attacked them and misbehaved with them

Two couples, neighbours at an upscale residential layout in Hulimavu, came to blows over one family’s dog and the other’s car. It is said that the two families have been nurturing a grudge against each other over a period of time and it only escalated big-time on Monday.

Prathibha (33) (not her real name) and her husband, a couple who are tenants in an independent house in Noble Residency Layout, was taking their American Bully puppy for vaccination. “My husband was walking the puppy when around five to six strays tried to attack our pet. My husband took a mud stone and flung it on the road to scare the strays away when some of the mud fell on our neighbour’s car that was parked nearby,” Prathibha told Bangalore Mirror.

Their neighbours Swathi (35) (name changed) and her husband rushed outside and all hell broke loose.

Swathi’s husband threatened Prathibha and charged at her husband for damaging their car. Prathibha’s husband stopped him and Prathibha intervened. “Swathi’s husband caught me by my hair and he also touched me inappropriately and attacked me on my chest,” Prathibha said. In the melee, Prathibha’s pet also got bit by the stray dogs. They rushed to the Hulimavu police station and filed a complaint against Swathi’s husband. The police took up a complaint and an FIR

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was registered under IPC sections 354 – outraging the modesty of a woman, 323 – criminal assault, 506 – criminal intimidation, and 504 – intentional insult provoking breach of peace against Swathi’s husband.

Meanwhile, Swathi and her husband arrived at the police station and told the cops that Prathibha’s husband had torn Swathi’s clothes and beat her husband up when they asked about the damage to the car. The Hulimavu police took up their complaint as well and registered an FIR booking both Prathibha and her husband under IPC sections 354 – outraging the modesty of woman and 325 – voluntarily causing grievous hurt.

“Swathi was not involved in the fight at all, but she had reached the police station with torn clothes,” Pratibha said.

Swathi and her husband had got a CCTV footage which only shows Pratibha and her husband’s reaction in the fight.

“Both the families had nurtured grudge against each other since the day Swathi and her husband had put up a CCTV camera focussing the front bedroom of Prathibha’s house,” said a senior police officer. Prathibha and her husband have a couple of top breed dogs, so their neighbours suspect them of breeding dogs for commercial purposes, police said. “We have taken up complaints from both parties,” the police officer added.



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Sagar Biswas

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