New Delhi: Delhi Police were in for a surprise when they received three complaints of an unknown person cutting braids of women near Dwarka.
According to Vimal Kumar from Chhawala, three incidents of similar nature occurred in 12 hours in the locality, scaring everybody. The first incident, according to Kumar, took place around 10 AM when Munish was lying in her bed.
“Munish came back home after giving fodder to the cattle. She complained of a headache to her daughter-in-law. While she was lying in her bed, her grandchild noticed her hair lying on the ground. Everybody at home panicked because no one saw anyone cut her locks,” said Kumar.
The villagers were not done talking about the first incident which occurred in broad daylight when another incident was reported in the evening at a location stone's throw from the place the first one took place.
Sridevi, in her mid-40s, came back home after milking her cow, complaining of a headache. Her son spotted her hair on the ground.
“These incidents are bizarre as no one could see the person cut women’s hair locks,” said Kumar.
At 10:30 PM, a woman claimed when she shut the doors of her house, she found her braid lying on the floor, scaring her.
The Deputy Commissioner of Police, Surinder Kumar, said these incidents shouldn’t be looked at as some sort of witchcraft.
“The incidents occurred under suspicious circumstances, but that doesn’t mean there’s an involvement of witchcraft,” said the DCP.
The cases are being dealt with scientifically, the DCP assured. “The team is checking the CCTVs installed in the area. In fact, in one of the CCTV footages, three men could be seen. We have developed their photographs. It might be possible that they are targeting people so that they could easily rob them. They will be arrested soon,” Surinder Kumar said.
The FIR has been filed under sections of Arms Act and IPC sections 328 (causing hurt by means of poison), 354 (intention to outrage the modesty of a woman) and 379 (theft).
The hair sample has been sent to Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) to find out the weapon used to cut the locks. To stop such incidents and to instil confidence in people, Delhi Police have intensified patrolling.
At least 15 incidents of women's braids being mysteriously chopped off have been reported from the villages of the Mewat region in last two
weeks, police said on Monday.
These bizarre happenings have left the villagers in panic mode. Most women claimed to have fallen unconscious when their braids were chopped off leading to the villagers blaming godmen, ghosts, witches and "cat-like" creatures.