Brave Pune Assault Survivor Shares Story of Courage and Resilience

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Tejas Navale

Pune, 27th June 2023: Less than two weeks after the shocking Darshana Pawar murder case came to light, another distressing incident unfolded this morning in Pune. A young girl, who was preparing for the Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) examination, was subjected to a brutal assault. The entire incident, captured on CCTV, quickly went viral on social media, sparking widespread outrage and raising serious concerns about public safety, particularly for women.

The assault occurred near the Perugate police chowky (under Vishrambaug police station) in Sadashiv Peth at approximately 10 am today. The perpetrator, identified as 22-year-old Shantanu Laxman Jadhav, has been apprehended by the police.

According to authorities, the victim suffered severe injuries during the attack and has been admitted to a hospital for treatment. Her injuries include a wound on her hand and stitches on her head. Preliminary investigations indicate that the assault was motivated by an unrequited love affair.

Residing in the Sutardara area of Kothrud, the 20-year-old victim had been relentlessly pursued and harassed by the accused, Shantanu Jadhav. Despite the victim’s efforts to disengage from the accused, he persistently continued his advances and resorted to issuing threats.
Deeply disturbed by his unwavering behavior, the victim and her mother reported him to his parents, but the harassment persisted unabated.

“Carrying this anger in his heart, he called me yesterday and threatened me. Today, when I was on my way to coaching, he intercepted me in the Sadashiv Peth area. When I confronted him, he viciously attacked me with a koyta,” the victim recounted.

“In my desperate attempt to escape, a friend came to my rescue. Just as Shantanu attempted to strike me with the koyta, my friend intervened and successfully thwarted the attack. Today, I owe my life to that friend,” she added.

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With the assistance of bystanders who rushed to the scene, the assailant was apprehended and handed over to the police, resulting in his subsequent arrest.

Meanwhile, the victim’s mother expressed her anger, stating, “If such incidents continue to occur, how can parents have peace of mind regarding their daughters’ safety? Individuals with such distorted mindsets must be subjected to severe punishment,” she urged.


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