“Neither we are prostitutes, nor are we drug addicts,” says Shivangi Sule, who is 23-year-old. She was accompanied by her little sister Samira who is 21-year-old sister. Both the girls left their parents who lived in Malad to live an independent life.
The siblings walked from Bombay High Court to Marine Drive with a placard saying: “Hon. Bombay High Court, we are victims and we need justice.”
Their walk grabbed the attention of passersby as they sought details of their case. The protest walk comes a day after the High Court slammed Malad police for not taking action against them on the basis of their parents’ complaint.
On December 24 last year, the siblings were allegedly confined to their rooms and tortured by their parents. Their friends, along with Dr Sunil Kulkarni, ‘rescued’ them with the help of Malad police. The girls later gave an application to the Malad police to file a complaint against their parents, but the police refused to do so. DNA had reported earlier how the siblings were given a lecture on morality at the Malad police station.
The Mumbai police on Wednesday informed the Bombay High Court that it would register a First Information Report against Shifu Sanskriti and its founder Sunil Kulkarni, alleged of running a sex and drug racket. The court has asked the police not to take the case casually and carry out the probe seriously. The direction was given while hearing a petition filed by the Malad-based couple, who alleged that their daughters had been ensnared by the alleged cult group.
The protest walk with the placard had two messages: “We are not Prostitutes. We are not drug addicts #SaveUsFromOurParents.” The second placard said: “Hon. Bombay HC, we are victims and we need justice #SaveUsFromOurParents.”
“We just want to live an independent life. Our parents are spreading false allegations against us and are alleging that we are involved in a sex racket and are drug addicts. They are misleading the Bombay High Court about Shifu Sanskriti, which is nothing but a way to relax our body and mind from negativity,” said Samira.
“We have been followed by goons and are being harassed by our parents through police officers who call us to the police station at hours. We request the Bombay High Court to give us justice because we are the victims. Please save us from our parents. We have done nothing wrong,” said Shivangi.
Dr Kulkarni said, “The allegations against me are completely baseless and I am being targeted just because I managed to rescue these kids with the help of the police. Now the parents of the girls are alleging that I hypnotised the girls and abused them sexually, which is false.”
Sudhir Mahadik, Senior Inspector, Malad police station, said, “We are yet to receive the court order or any direction in the case. The issue was handled legally and we did not find the girls to be on the wrong side of the law.”