While there have been talks about the ‘spirit of Mumbai’ and its citizens coming out in support of each other to help everyone caught in the deluge, one story has angered many. Unable to move through waterlogged streets, one woman in Mumbai took refuge inside a housing society complex. However, instead of lending her a helping hand, the society in-charge ordered the watchman to deflate her car’s tyre! Yes, the shocking incident took place on Tuesday when the city witnessed heavy rainfall that caused massive water logging, the worst since 2005.
The woman, Khushnuma Khambatta, recorded the ordeal and posted the video on Facebook that has created a huge outcry online. In the video, the woman can be heard desperately requesting the elderly man to allow her to just stay till water level recedes. But the man is adamant and argues on camera. While the man’s ‘insensitive’ remarks have irked many on Facebook, he has been slammed for being ‘ruthless’. According to Khambatta, a visiting faculty at a fashion insitute was on her way back from the college. The incident took place in Sion at a housing society named Gopa Niwas.
Talking to the indianexpress.com the 49-year-old woman said that she was shocked by the man’s reaction as he kept asking about permission. On a day when the city was flooded and people were stranded for hours, “it was quite unbelievable how he failed to understand. “As soon as I parked the car was was frantically trying to contact someone for help, this man came charging out of his home. Seeing him I started panicking and did not dared to even step outside the vehicle at first. However, as the argument conituned I stepped out to explain him the gravity of the situation and why I took refuge there.”
The man did not stop only by deflating the tyre, next he got a lock and locked the main gate of the society and the poor woman in distress could not even leave the complex. Describing the situation, she said that she is not at all tech savy and how she recorded the video in that situation is hard to explain. “I guess, in a moment of crisis you just figure a way out.” She spent two hours in the car feeling helpless, when finally she came to know her husband’s friend lives few blocks away. She decided to leave the complex but the gates were locked. So, she went up to the so called in-charge’s flat and handed over her car keys. It was then another flat owner noticed her and asked her if she was okay. The query made her break down completely.
Soon other tenants and flat owners came out in support of her and forced the man to open the gates and she drove out with her car. Luckily, the tyre was not deflated completely.
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