Delhi Police find at least one braid snipping case fake

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New Delhi, Aug 3 (IANS) At least one case of snipping of a woman’s hair in Delhi was found to be fake while not much progress has been made in another case, the police said on Thursday.

Deputy Commissioner of Police M.N. Tiwari told IANS that the police investigation into a case reported from Tilangpur Kotla of northwest Delhi on Tuesday had concluded there was no involvement of any outsider in it.

Three cases wherein braids of three women were allegedly cut were reported from Kangan Heri village in west Delhi’s Chhawla area last Sunday.

About three dozen women from Rajasthan and Haryana’s Mewat area too have complained of their braids having been similarly chopped mysteriously.

Police had received a call that the hair of 45-year-old Omvati were snipped around 11.10 p.m. on Tuesday at her house.

“The entry of a stranger in the house was not possible as the main door was locked from inside, and so was the door to the first floor,” the officer said.

“Later, the family said they don’t have a complaint to make,” he added. “If anyone did it, it could only be someone in the house.”

Tiwari said a case was not registered as it is not a cognisable offence.

“Everything is intact — neither the doors not the windows of the house were tampered with,” he added.

A police officer, who visited the house after the alleged incident was reported, said no one from outside could have cut the woman’s hair. “(These) Women want some attention and they’re doing it themselves.”

Police said no progress had been made in another case reported from Niyal Vihar.

Omwati of Tilangpur Kotla said: “As I came out of the washroom around 11 p.m., I felt something on my shoulders and then a gentle tug at my hair. I thought my hair were stuck in my sash. As I tried to feel my hair, I found my braid had been cut.”

As she shouted for help and fainted, the family rushed to her.

Her son Krishan said her snipped hair were found lying next to her even though the house doors were locked from inside.

Omvati said she had on Tuesday morning heard of reports of hair snipping in other areas.

“Everyone was hanging lemons and green chillies outside their houses on Tuesday to ward off evil. I also did it,” she said.

“Till this was not hung, there was no problem. The day she did it, her braid was snipped,” Krishan quipped, pointing to lemon-chillies strung together at the main door of their village house.

–IANS

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