She is Gunasheela, not Asha

She is Gunasheela, not Asha

The 19-year-old girl who was pushed out of a moving train near Maddur by four men last week about has admitted that she had given false information regarding her name and address, but said she had to do so out of compulsion.

She told Deccan Herald that her real name was Gunasheela and not Asharani as she had claimed earlier. Gunasheela said she hailed from Machenahalli in T Narsipur taluk of Mysore district and that she was an employee of Hinduja Garments in Bangalore. She said she lied about her identity as she did not want her family to suffer humiliation, like her. But the girl regretted having given false details.

Gunasheela said she did not want any of her relatives to know about the incident. “My people should not have been brought here, even if I had died,” she said. 

The girl’s grandmother Chikkahonnamma said she might have lied out of shock after being pushed off the train. “Her brother Mahesh and her father stay with me. But I don’t want to say anything about them. Her mother died 10 years ago. Gunasheela had joined the garment factory recently and would come home every fortnight to give money for family’s expenses,” she said.

Gunasheela’s uncle Sanjeev Kumar said they came to know about the incident after reading about it and seeing her photograph in the newspaper. 

Police said it was a challenge for them to ascertain her real identity. They could get information only after questioning. They have collected Gunasheela’s Aadhaar card and also taken details about her from Sanjeev Kumar.

Union Minister of State for Railways K H Muniyappa told reporters in Melukote that they would decide on providing compensation to the girl after getting a report about the incident from officials. 

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