After taking swift action in the Grant Road molestation case by arresting the youth who sexually harassed a 22-year-old girl in the ladies compartment of a local train, the railway police have since persuaded the survivor to register her statement so that they can build a stronger case against the accused.
The accused was nabbed by the railway cops within four days, easily identified by the same blue T-shirt and red pants he had worn on the day of the incident. File pic
mid-day had reported the incident that took place on a Churchgate-bound local on August 8, when a 19-year-old boy boarded the ladies coach at the Grant Road Station, molested the girl and then jumped off at a signal halt ahead of the Marine Lines station (‘Woman stripped, molested, in ladies compartment,’ August 8).
This paper had also reported that the survivor and her family had refused to file a police complaint then. However, thanks to the repeated efforts of the railway police, the 22-year-old changed her mind and finally registered her complaint at the police station on Tuesday. According to the cops, they had been trying to get in touch with her ever since the incident.
Madhukar Pandey, commissioner of the railway police said, “We personally drafted a message and sent it to the girl, requesting her to come forward and register her complaint. We are happy that she has recorded her statement. Now we are in a position to punish the accused legally.”
The accused, 19-year-old Sushanto Das alias Pappu, has been booked under Section 354 (Assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) of the IPC and Sections 145, 160, 150e and 152 of the Railway Act.
While the survivor was unavailable for comment, the cops shared the letter they sent to her: “We have nabbed the accused. We respect your privacy and decision, but we consider it our duty to inform you of this development.
We want this criminal to face trial and pay for what he did, and for that your statement will be crucial. Therefore, we appeal to you to reconsider your decision and come forward to give a statement. We assure that we will not call or text you any further and will respect your decision.”
Tapan Panda (in pic), an eyewitness who was waiting to catch a train from Marine Lines recalls that the girl was in tears as she got down from the train. “The girl was in a very bad condition, so I asked what had happened.
I also gave her my handkerchief to cover her torn clothes and took her to the station master for help. Later I found out she hadn’t filed a complaint,” said Panda.