Man enters house, molests sleeping woman; act caught on CCTV
The accused entered the flat after finding its door unlocked and was seen touching the woman inappropriately, who was sleeping on a sofa in the drawing room
A man was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly molesting a woman after entering a flat that provides paying guest service for women. The accused identified as Bhavin Shah, works as a food delivery man was picked up on a tip-off after he was caught in the act on a CCTV camera, a Navrangpura police station officer said.
The incident took place on June 14 midnight when the man entered the flat in Kamal Nayan Apartment in Navrangpura locality after finding its door unlocked, he said. The video clearly shows the accused touching the woman, who was sleeping on a sofa in the drawing room, inappropriately and another woman caught him sneaking out of the flat and raised an alarm but he managed to escape.
"An FIR has been registered under sections 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) and 452 (house trespass) of the Indian Penal Cope against unknown persons," said DCP, Zone I, P L Mal. the officer stated the police started investigating the case on the basis of the video from CCTV cameras. "If we find any cognisable offence is made out against the owners of the PG hostel, then we will take action against them as well," he said.
The victim works as a cleaner at the flat. Minister of State for Home Pradipsinh Jadeja said the woman was initially not ready to lodge a complaint. A team from state women commission also visited the apartment, with its chairperson Leela Ankolia terming the incident as "extremely worrying". "This is a despicable incident. We are extremely worried over it. The management of the hostel should take care that such incidents do not happen again," she said. Around 19 women stay in the apartment as paying guests.
With inputs from PTI
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