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‘Confusion’ over temple dress code: PSI beats up 54-year-old woman

Eventually, both parties landed up at the police station where a Non-Cognisable (NC) complaint was registered against the duo.

| Mumbai | Published: November 16, 2017 2:53:10 am
A CCTV grab of the scuffle between the two women.

‘CONFUSION’ OVER the dress code while entering a temple led to a fight between two women, during which a police sub-inspector (PSI) beat up a 55-year-old woman in Kalyan on Tuesday. In a video clip that went viral, PSI Pratiksha Lakde (31) was seen beating up one Asha Gaikwad, a Kalyan-based homemaker, after the latter asked her if she was wearing a “maxi” (night gown) to the temple which was allegedly against the temple rules. Lakde, attached to the special branch in Mumbai, then beat up Gaikwad for nearly a minute.

Eventually, both parties landed up at the police station where a Non-Cognisable (NC) complaint was registered against the duo. While the women first got into an argument over Lakde allegedly wearing a night gown, she is in fact wearing a top and a long skirt, as seen in the video.

The incident took place around 7 pm at the Tisai temple located on the Tisgaon road in Kalyan. As seen in the footage, Lakde reaches the temple around 7.15 wearing a black top and blue skirt with a stole around her neck. It is then that Gaikwad, seated along with a few women on the temple premises, calls Lakade and asks her if she is wearing a maxi (night gown). At this point, Lakde and Gaikwad get into an argument after which Lakde hits Gaikwad, who falls on the ground.

After that, Lakde is seen beating up Gaikwad while no one tries to intervene. She even kicks Gaikwad while the latter is seen sitting on the floor. After a minute, Lakde allows her to go.  Eventually, both of them go to Kolsewadi police station in Kalyan. Senior inspector of Kolsewadi police station said that based on the complaints by both women, they registered a Non-Cognisable offence against them and allowed them to go.

Later, Gaikwad told the media that a temple priest, Khodaji Gaikwad, was the one who told her to ask Lakde if she was wearing a gown. He told Gaikwad to inform Lakde that if she was indeed wearing a gown, she could not enter the temple as it was against the dress code. “The priest told me that he could not ask the woman since he was a man and it would be better if you asked her,” Gaikwad told the media.

She added, “I just asked if she was wearing a maxi or a midi and that maxis were not allowed. She then told me who was I to ask her about it. She then started beating me up.” Despite repeated calls and messages, Lakde could not be contacted for comment. Sources, however, said that the two women had reached a compromise and they would not be pursuing the matter anymore.

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