A woman today slapped a taxi driver in front of Howrah Station because he allegedly made an indecent proposal to her.
The incident took place around noon, in full public glare.
The young woman, a resident of Kolkata's Burrabazar, had arrived from outstation with her daughter and mother-in-law. She went to the prepaid taxi line and her daughter and mother-in-law boarded the taxi when trouble erupted.
The next thing bystanders saw was the woman, screaming, drag out the taxi driver and then slap him at least half a dozen times.
Bystanders did not intervene, but a policeman did, asking what had happened. After the woman explained the matter, the policeman took her and the taxi driver, Vinod Yadav, to the Golabari police station, where a case was filed against him.
He was booked for "criminal intimidation or to impute, unchastity to a woman" and "word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman". If convicted, he can be jailed for up to eight years.
Asked why she attacked the taxi driver, the woman said, "I attacked him because of what he said".