A woman was molested and her husband beaten up in Kolkata on Tuesday as their child stood by traumatised with what was happening to his parents.
The incident took place near the Gol Mandir on Elgin Road where the family had come on the occasion of Hanuman Jayanti.
After prayers at the temple, the woman, her husband and her child made their way to their car, which was parked at Hotel Victerrace.
The car had been tagged with a no-parking certificate by the Kolkata traffic police, with the couple admitted that they had illegally parked their car near the hotel.
However, as they reached the car, two men, one of whom appeared to be intoxicated, came out of the hotel and started beating up the husband for parking the car near the hotel.
He was punched, kicked and left bleeding and when the woman tried to intervene to save him, the goons turned their ire on her, molesting and groping her.
Shockingly, a traffic sergeant present on the scene refused to intervene even though the woman, who clicked pictures of the goons, reached out for help.
The sergeant said he could not do much and instead advised the woman to wait for local police to arrive.
Cops from the local police station finally reached the spot around 30 minutes later, but strangely, took the two suspects into the hotel.
The woman has alleged that the miscreants disappeared after the cops took them inside the hotel on the pretext of questioning the duo.
"We have filed an FIR with the Bhawanipore police station. (But) the role of the police personnel who came to spot is questionable. How come the accused disappeared after the police came there and took them to interrogate. I am in a state of shock," she said.
The incident comes within days of a molestation case in Kolkata's Park Street.
(With inputs from Shyam Sundar Ghosh)