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MUMBAI (Web Desk) – Two men allegedly misbehaved with an aspiring actress and model at Bandra Bandstand on Thursday for almost 45 minutes in front of several people but no one came to her rescue.


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She, however, gathered courage and chased the accused, both trained boxers and residents of Haryana, in an autorickshaw and caught them at a police nakabandi towards St Andrew’s Church on Hill Road. One of the accused, however, escaped from Bandra police station, Indiatimes reported.

The two earlier told the victim that no one, including cops, would dare touch them. The police helpline did not respond to her calls.  Purnima Behl (26) was resting on a bench after jogging at Bandstand at 10.30pm.

“I was shocked with the daring act of Dinesh Yadav (27) and Amit Kumar in front of several people. Yadav approached me and tried to get close. When I shouted at him, he left and started staring and passed lewd comments along with his accomplice. Kumar then sat close to me on the bench while I was talking on the phone to my family as I live alone here. I started to feel scared. He spoke inappropriately. They misbehaved when I confronted them,” Behl tells.

Behl, a model from Jammu, moved here two years back to try her luck in Bollywood. She began modelling when 20 and had worked in Kuwait and Dubai. She won the North India Teen Queen title and has worked in music videos and an ad film made for the Uttar Pradesh government.

She fears for her life now, suspecting the two may be part of a major racket to target women.

“They said they did not fear anyone. When I shouted, people at the spot just watched. When I started dialling the police helpline, the two started running and got into an autorickshaw. I followed them in another auto, jumped out at a nakabandi and told the cops to stop them. They were taken to the police station, where Kumar, on the pretext of going to the toilet, slipped away.

How safe is the city for women?” she said. Bandra police senior inspector Ramchandra Dhavle said they were searching for Kumar. Yadav was released on bail on Friday. They have been booked under IPC sections 34 (common intention) and 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman).