22-year-old Rekha Navle, who on Thursday night was thrown out of a running long distance train, claims that this is not the first time that female commuters are facing harassment in the bogie reserved for them.
Accused Dinesh Yadav being taken to court
Speaking to mid-day, the survivor complained that eunuchs and male commuters entering ladies compartment is the most common form of harassment, but there is hardly any action from the police to address the issue.
"I have been a regular commuter of long distance trains. I have marked that between Kasara to Kalyan, transgenders board train and demand money from the commuters. In some cases, these transgenders have even assaulted passengers. Had there been any police control then this menace would have reduced and not continued,” she said.
Rekha is at present recuperating in Fortis hospital in Kalyan. A resident medical officer from Fortis hospital claims that Rekha suffered head injuries and is now out of danger.
Meanwhile, the Dombivli Government Railway police registered a case on Thursday night and have arrested Dinesh Yadav, 30, who hails from Uttar Pradesh. The accused has been sent to police custody till June 20.
The accused arrested in the case has told police that the crime was not done intentionally. “The accused has told investigating agency that he was returning back from funeral of his relative. Post the funeral, he had gone in depression. It was in depression that the accused took this extreme step,” said one of the railway police officials.
Dinesh Yadav, 30, is a resident of Kopri in Thane were he resides with his wife and two kids. "After attending a funeral of his relative in Uttar Pradesh, he was returning back to his residence in Thane," said a police officer.
Yadav works at a telecom firm where he does the verification process after a SIM card is issued to a customer.
The accused, who has been arrested by Dombivli GRP, and his wife, have confessed to the crime and allegedly state that it happened in a state of anger. "He claims that the girl irritated him by complaining to the railway police force and other passengers about him being in the ladies compartment," said a police officer.
An official, on condition of anonymity, said, "Yadav could have traveled in the ladies compartment if he was worried about his wife. The survivor at Nashik itself informed the RPF, after which he was made to get down. But later he again entered. Later at Igatpuri and Kasara too he was asked to get down but he still remained inside the ladies compartment even though there was crowd inside. After a heated argument, he, in anger, pushed them, as he was in depression and irritated."