Hampshire police appeal for info after Mamta Mathur attacked


HAMPSHIRE: A mother has spoken of the terrifying moment two men entered her home and hit her over the head with a crowbar while her children were in the next room.

Mamta Mathur was at home in Cromwell Road, South View, Basingstoke with her husband and three children at 8.30pm on Friday, August 28 when the two men attacked her, leaving her bleeding and unconscious, the Asian Age has reported.

Mamta Mathur

The family – who believe they were targeted because they are Asian, with the intruders mistakenly thinking they had gold, have criticised the police for not doing enough about this problem.

Mamta, 44, said she looked up to see a man standing in front of her, wearing all black and carrying an iron rod and spray can. “In that millisecond I had so many thoughts,” she said. “I thought what if he’s here to harm me or my teenage daughters or my husband.”

The mother-of-three said her “motherly instincts” kicked in and she knew she needed to protect her family, so she threw some papers she was holding in the intruder’s face and screamed, which shocked him into taking a step back.

“I saw my family in danger, my kids were in danger,” she explained, adding: “He started walking backwards and I started walking towards him. First, I saw him as a human being but then he became a dark image. We got to the door of my bedroom and he stumbled. It was his last chance to do something and at that point he hit me with his rod on my head.”

She said the only words the man spoke were “oi, get here”. Mamta then noticed a second man in the hallway. She described both as wearing black trousers and black hoodies, with one having a French cut style beard. Both were white British and aged in their early 20s.

“For a split second my eyes went away from him and I saw there was another man at the door holding a crowbar. As I was falling down, he hit my stomach. I was lucky that my arm came in front of my stomach.”

The impact broke Mamta’s elbow into four pieces and she fell to the floor unconscious and bleeding.

Her daughters called the police, while Mamta’s husband Dr Rajiv walked towards the men screaming, and they left the house empty handed.