In a new development in the Zomato alleged assault case, the woman who had accused a Zomato delivery boy of assaulting her, Hitesha Chandranee, has herself been booked for assault.
The Bengaluru-based engineer and influencer had initially uploaded a video on social media which showed her with a bloody nose, accusing delivery executive, Kamaraj, of punching her in the face for refusing to return the order or pay for it. The issue went viral immediately and garnered support for both, the complainant and the accused, Kamaraj. He was, however, suspended immediately but with his pay being covered. He was arrested following a complaint by the customer but was later released on bail.
Kamaraj had denied the claims made by Hitesha and said that the woman was abusing him with foul language and threw slippers at him during which she accidentally hit herself on the nose with her finger ring and caused herself the injury. He said that he was the sole breadwinner of his family and had been working for Zomato for over two years during which such incidents had never occurred before.
On Monday, Kamaraj lodged a counter-complaint at the Electronic City police station accusing Hitesha of intentional assault, criminal intimidation, insult, and wrongful restraint. She was booked for the mentioned charges under various sections of the Indian Penal Code.
Zomato had previously issued a statement saying that Kamaraj’s legal expenses and Hitesha’s medical expenses will be taken care and they will fully cooperate with police investigations into the incident.
Many celebrities have spoken out in support of the delivery executive, including Parineeti Chopra and Kamya Punjabi; they called the incident and the accusations shameful and inhumane and reached out to Zomato to let them know how to bring the woman to justice. Activists on social media are calling this a class issue where a privileged woman tries to wrongfully accuse a working-class man and risk his employment.
The matter is still under investigation as there is no CCTV footage and the evidence so far is mostly ‘he said, she said’, making it difficult to figure out who the perpetrator is.