Man Jailed After Showing Middle Finger To Stranger In Road Rage Row
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A man has been jailed after angrily showing his middle finger to a woman during a heated road rage row.
Aniket Patil, 33, appeared in Girgaon Magistrate Court after aiming the rude gesture at a fellow motorist in Mumbai, India.
It is thought he had been trying to overtake her when tempers flared.
According to the Times of India, the 66-year-old woman had been in her car with her son when they approached a traffic signal.
A red car then came from the left side and pushed them towards the divider – which continued for another 100 metres, at which point the woman realised the car was trying to overtake them.
When they reached another traffic signal, the man is believed to have stopped his car and rolled down the window before showing the woman and her son a middle finger.
As the woman reportedly tried to keep things calm, the man attempted to flee - prompting her son to quickly block the red car from getting away.
The man was then arrested and taken to the police station, where he was booked under Sections 354A (sexual harassment), 345D (stalking), and 509 (gestures towards outraging modesty of a woman) of the Indian Penal Code.
The man was eventually sent to jail for six months by Girgaum Metropolitan Magistrate, with the court hearing how the complainant and accused had not known each other before the incident.
Patil's defence team argued that the woman had filed a similar report previously to 'extract money' and used her son's 'influence' as a lawyer to report what happened.
However, the court refuted the claims, saying that the son working in law and the woman reporting a similar incident in the past did not mean the complaint this time was false.
The order said: "The advocate can be the victim of the crime and where advocate or his relative are victim of the crime. Certainly they will take action against the wrong doer, so it does not mean that it is the false FIR."
The court added that the woman would not have made false allegations in front of him on petty issues like this.
It stated: "Merely because she was the victim of such type of crime more than once, does not mean that she is in a habit of filing such type of complaints to extract the money."