BJP MLA Balram Thawani allegedly brutally thrashed a woman near his office in Naroda in Gujarat on Sunday, June 2, after she protested demanding restoration of water connection in the area. The shocking incident was caught on camera and the video quickly went viral on social media yesterday.
In the viral video, Thawani can be seen stepping out of his office and then kicking and thrashing the woman who is already under attack by another man whose back is turned towards the camera.
The woman, Nitu Tejwani, is a supporter of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). According to witnesses, she was already being manhandled by another man when Balram Thawani is seen coming out of his office and joining him in beating her.
Balram’s supporters came and thrashed my husband with stick- Nitu
The incident took place on Sunday. Nitu Tejwani has complained to the police against the legislator.
“I went to meet Balram to discuss the lack of proper water in the area. Without saying anything, he (Balram) came and started slapping and thrashing me. When my husband saw this, he came to my rescue. Immediately, some of Balram’s supporters came from inside and started thrashing my husband with sticks. Women who were protesting along with me were also brutally beaten up by Balram and his supporters,” she has been quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
The NCP member further questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi over women’s safety.
“I want to ask Prime Minister Narendra Modi Ji is this how the women in our country are safe under BJP rule? I have filed a complaint in this matter before the police. They have assured that action will be taken soon after a probe,” she said. The victim is undergoing treatment in a hospital and has filed a complaint before the police.
Naroda BJP MLA Balram Thawani says he retaliated in self-defense
Balram Thawani has been quoted in reports as saying that he had hit out “in self-defence”, that he was attacked in his office first. The woman, he said in those report, was hurt by accident.
Issuing his clarification, the BJP MLA told reporters, “My intention was not to harm them. It was unintentional. I condemn this act. I got swayed by emotions, I accept my mistake, and it was not intentional. I have been in politics for the last 22 years, such a thing has never happened before. I will say sorry to her.”