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Two thrashed for sexually harassing nursing student at Bandra station

Amid rising uproar over crimes against women, two men were thrashed by irate railway commuters at Mumbai's Bandra station and handed over to police after they were allegedly found harassing a nursing student.

According to railway police, the girl, residing in Wadala area, used to come to suburban Bandra daily to attend her nursing course classes.

The two accused - Mehakarul Shaikh (35), Nijamul Mussa Lashker (22) and their friends - had been passing lewd remarks on her, besides following her till her residence in the night for the past few days, police said.

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Celebrities joined Mumbaikars in protesting against rape in Mumbai in August 2013. PIC/ATUL KAMBLE

The girl expressed her ordeal to her friend, who narrated it to an NGO which subsequently notified railway police.

Accordingly, a trap was laid on Monday night at the Bandra railway station when Shaikh and Lashker were found brazenly passing vulgar comments at the girl at around 9.30 PM.

The railway commuters intervened and began thrashing the two accused before police could nab them, a police official said.

"The two were subsequently arrested by Bandra railway police," he added.

A spate of sexual and mental harassment cases were reported in Mumbai in the past few months, prompting Mumbai Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh to instruct his department to initiate severe action against such offenders.

In August, a young photojournalist was allegedly gang raped by five men at a deserted mill in the heart of the city, which sent shock-waves across the nation.

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