A 30-year-old employee of the Western Railway was caught pleasuring himself in public on the Churchgate-bound Virar fast local train at 8 am yesterday. He started masturbating after waving to grab the attention of women travelling in the ladies’ coach. He was arrested by Dadar GRP and will be produced in court today.
Sanjana Deshpande (name changed) (25) was on her way to her Lower Parel office and had boarded a Churchgate-bound fast train from Mira Road. As soon as the train rolled out of the platform, Deshpande noticed a man beckoning her, and as soon as he caught her attention and that of other female passengers, he started pleasuring himself publicly. Deshpande was travelling in the first class ladies’ coach, while the accused Vinay Kumar Singh was in the adjacent first class general compartment.
Singh unzipped his jeans and started masturbating, all the while staring at the women who stood near the door of the ladies’ first class coach. Outraged by his offensive behaviour, Deshpande immediately called the railway helpline number and asked for help. The police asked the victim to keep an eye on Singh and keep them posted. They waited on the platform at Dadar station and nabbed him as soon as the train halted there. Singh was taken to the Mumbai Central GRP.
“My ultimate aim is to expose such perverts to other women staying in Mumbai, so that they are more alert. I wonder how someone can be so brazen. He didn’t even look guilty for what he had done. In fact, when we were asked to go to the Borivli railway police station, he started laughing, leering at me,” said Deshpande.
Singh is a resident of Nallasopara and travels to Churchgate every day by the same train. The Borivli GRP later took the accused for medical examination to the BMC-run Bhagwati Hospital, after which he was sent into the Borivli lockup. He will be produced in the Borivli court today.
“Some women in the compartment showed pity for the pervert, saying if they report the case, he would lose his job. Many of them even asked us not to involve the police. Such cases are on the rise. It’s sad that we have women who want to ignore such incidents and let culprits go,” said a woman present in the ladies’ compartment, requesting anonymity. Singh is a Class IV railway worker.
Singh’s wife was in denial. “We have been married for three years and have a kid. He is a man who respects women. I am shocked to hear about what he did. There are chances that a misunderstanding has landed my husband in trouble.”
GRP Senior PI (Borivli) SD Bangal said, “We have registered a case under Section 509 of the IPC and performed a medical test.”