Boutique owner from Mulund held in Turkey for 12 days over a shoplifting charge

When the bag was checked, the employees found a case and two sunglasses in it which looked used. The employees accused her of theft and threatened to call the police. Narula said she wasn’t afraid of anyone and was innocent.

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A boutique owner from Mulund is fixed in a hotel in Turkey for 12 days as a local court has denied her to fly out of Turkey till the trial for suspected shoplifting is over. 


What's The Story?

59-year-old Renu Narula was off to a holiday to Europe with her friends when she was accused of stealing a pair of sunglasses from a shop at the Istanbul airport – an allegation she denies.

Currently, her son-in-law has flown to Istanbul whereas her daughter is in a conversation with the External Affairs Ministry in Delhi and India’s Consulate General in Turkey.


There is no clarity how long I am expected to stay here. My 94-year-old father-in-law, who I've been caring for, is alone in India. My finances are getting drained,” Narula said while speaking to The Times of India.


How things unfolded

Narula was on the trip to Europe with a group of 18 friends. On April 20, she checked in her luggage at the Istanbul airport while departing to Athens. She was shopping with her friends in the duty-free section and had entered an accessories store. They tried some sunglasses but did not like any, so they put them back and went to a café. Suddenly, some employees came to the café and started searching her bags. They accused her of shoplifting and took her bag to their store. Since her passport, money and tickets were in that bag, she followed them.

When the bag was checked, the employees found a case and two sunglasses in it which looked used. The employees accused her of theft and threatened to call the police. Narula said she wasn’t afraid of anyone and was innocent. The police checked the CCTV footage and found no such evidence. But the police took her to the police station and then to a court.

The court in response had said that her custody wasn’t necessary but she must stay in Turkey till the trial. On April 23, her lawyer advised them to make an application to the court for permission to deposit a security amount and leave the country while the trial continued. But the application was rejected.

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