A little after 3 am on Tuesday morning, Gigi Garcia, a resident of Mumbai, was allegedly harassed by two “policemen” in plain clothes in front of her residence. Garcia claims she was accosted by the two men — claiming to be police — when she stopped outside a building gate, opposite to her house, to pet an adopted stray dog.
The men purportedly asked Garcia for her address and became aggressive when she refused to divulge any details. The two men also allegedly refused to give their names or the station they report to, and told her that they were within their rights to ask for her details. When she relented and gave her address, the men questioned her on why she was seen coming out from the other building. The “stand-off” continued for about four minutes, before they drove away “abusing her”. Garcia returned home and took to social media to express her outrage.
Perspective: 3.05 am, two men on a bike, claiming a torch as a badge, want to know where I live. What floor.
— Gigi Garcia (@mycrotchetyluv) November 14, 2016
In a series of tweets, on her handle @mycrotchetyluv, Garcia lashed out at the Mumbai Police, asking them if bullying and moral policing a woman was the way they were trained to make women feel safe. She even recounted a previous incident when a policeman woke her mother after seeing Gigi reading a book by her window, late at night. Mumbai Police’s official Twitter handle has since reached out to Garcia, asking her for contact details so that they can investigate the matter further.