Mumbai: Police today arrested three more persons accused of molesting and almost stripping an 18-year-old girl on a street in suburban Kandivali (West) in broad daylight, taking the total number of arrested so far to six.
The three accused nabbed today were Habib (19) and two minors, police said. Police had yesterday arrested Fayyaz Ahmed Khan, Saroj Khan and Naushad Khan, all in their twenties, and booked them under section 354 (molestation) of the Indian Penal Code.
On Monday, the girl was allegedly groped and almost stripped by a group of a dozen young men near Hindustan Naka in Kandivali in broad daylight.
Shockingly, when the girl, trying to escape the molesters, entered a restaurant, the people there drove her out before she was finally rescued by a police constable on patrolling duty and some passersby.
According to the girl, she and her friend had come from Bandra to Hindustan Naka in an auto. While getting off, they realized that they did not have enough cash to pay the fare.
"The victim's friend, whose relative stays nearby, went to the house to borrow some cash while the victim waited in the rickshaw," said a police officer.
However, when her friend did not return for quite some time, she wanted to go out and check on her, but the rickshaw driver insisted on payment right then.
"The girl handed over her mobile phone as security, but the driver started arguing with her loudly," the officer said. Some young men who were playing cricket nearby went to the spot and started teasing the girl.
When the girl began to walk away, they chased her, caught her and tried to strip her, according to the officer. She ran to a nearby restaurant, but the management drove her out.
She later also tried to enter another autorickshaw, but was dragged out by the accused, police said. Her ordeal ended when some motorists stopped and rescued her by driving off the men.
A beat marshal constable also reached the spot and took one of the youths into custody. Initially, the girl was reluctant to lodge the complaint but was convinced by police.