Panaji: In a viral video which underlines the issue of women safety in Goa, a woman artist has expressed outrage over being assaulted on a busy Goa road last week.
In the video, artist Durga Gawde from Mumbai has uploaded the clip of her assault while also urging social media users to popularise the hashtags – #StandUpForYourself and #LockUpBrianFranco.
The video contains graphic images of the assault and a struggle between the two, even as vehicles pass by and onlookers try to separate the two.
While Gawde can be seen defending herself and verbally abusing the victim for assaulting her, Franco can be heard saying: “I did not do anything. She punched me”.
She also expressed disappointment at the release of the accused — Brian Franco — on bail after four days.
Gawde claimed that the accused was released on bail after being in custody for four days, and even used abusive language when she went to complain to the police.
She said the accused assaulted and grabbed her during an altercation which started after she complained about his speaking on the phone while riding a two-wheeler and almost crashing into her vehicle near Saligao village on May 31.