It was a night of shame for residents of Bengaluru’s Madiwala. They were witness to scenes that made them cringe as they watched a woman’s dignity stripped, sold and paraded in the locality.

On May 27, three men forced a woman from West Bengal to dance semi-nude in Maruthi Nagar in Madiwala police station limits. According to the police, the pimps reached the locality in a car at 10.30 am and got off in front of Balaji medicals. They then forced her to dance semi-nude and invited a crowd.

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According to eyewitnesses, the pimps at the scene asked the crowd to pay on an hourly basis. Later, some of the residents alerted the police and a pink hoysala was sent to the spot. The three men were identified as Jalal Pasha (35), a resident of Adugodi, Rahul (26) of KG Nagar and Inayat (30) of Banashankari.

While the Madiwala police arrested the three, the woman was sent to a rehabilitation centre. She told the police that she was living in a paying guest accommodation in Vivek Nagar and was forced to go along with the men in the car. 

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According to Deccan Chronicle, the police identified Pasha as a repeated sex offender. He was earlier arrested by the Tilak Nagar police for a similar offense and had built his own sex racket in the city.