Mumbai Car-Towing: New Video Contradicting Mother’s Claims Emerges

The video contradicts the woman’s account, according to which the police didn’t ask her to get down before towing.

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The new video shows the infant, in another family member’s arms, outside the car.
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A day after a video showing Mumbai Traffic Police personnel towing away a car with a sick woman sitting in the rear seat and breastfeeding her seven-month-old baby went viral, another video surfaced, showing a different angle in the incident.

According to a report by ANI, the new video, shot on a mobile phone, shows that the infant was not inside the car, but in the arms of a family member when the police personnel came and warned about towing the car away. The baby was taken inside the car after that.

Hours after the first video went viral, a policeman was suspended pending an inquiry on 11 November.

However, if the infant was taken into the car after the warning, it shifts a part of the blame to the parent, as the incident could have then been avoided.

The video contradicts the woman’s account of the incident to ANI, according to which the police didn’t even ask her to get down of the car before towing it, despite the fact that she was breastfeeding.

Earlier on Sunday, the chairperson of National Commission for Women Rekha Sharma said if the woman acted irresponsibly, a case should be registered against her.

Speaking to ANI, she said:

When I saw the video last night, my first reaction was that the police personnel should be suspended and an action should be taken against him. But I read in the morning that the mother kept sitting inside the moving car. Our first concern is that of the child. If the case goes against the lady, then the lady should be booked.

Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis aslso condemned the incident saying:

[It is] absolutely insensitive and dangerous to tow the vehicle with a lady and the child inside. The cop is suspended and orders have been given to sensitise traffic cops so as to prevent such incidents.

The incident occurred on the busy S.V. Road, in Malad (West), north-western suburb on 10 November, and a video of the incident went viral a day later.

Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Amitesh Kumar said the traffic police constable, who was identified as Shashank Rane by the person who shot the video, had been suspended pending an inquiry report.

"It will be dealt with appropriately and sternly after the preliminary report is received within 24 hours," Kumar said.

According to earlier information, a young woman in her mid-20s was sitting in her white car with her seven-month-old child when the towing van began to take her car away.

The woman begged the towing officer to stop. The man in question is believed to be a traffic policeman named Shashank Rane, who was not wearing his name badge while on duty, in violation of the rules of the Maharashtra Police.

The woman flashed what was a medical prescription from the window and told the videographer that she was sick and was breastfeeding her hungry child.

Despite pleas, the traffic policeman appeared unconcerned and continued speaking on his mobile phone.

The woman also claimed that her car was singled out and that two other vehicles parked in the same area were not towed.

Following protests and adverse publicity in the social media, the Traffic Police Department ordered a probe into the shocking incident on 11 November.

(This story has been updated to reflect the suspension of the accused police personnel.)

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