Mumbai Crime: Woman alleges she was groped on Central Railway train, heckled, but nobody helped

Updated: Feb 23, 2020, 15:01 IST | mid-day online correspondent | Mumbai

Instead of helping the woman, the crowd in the train was heckling her for boarding the first-class general compartment and not the ladies compartment.

This picture has been used for representational purposes
This picture has been used for representational purposes

A 24-year-old HR executive was groped in the first class of the general compartment of a Central Railway train on Monday. However, instead of helping her, the crowd heckled her while boarding the train, The Times of India reported.

The incident happened when the woman, working at a firm in Andheri, was on her way home around 7pm when she boarded the general first-class compartment of a train from Ghatkopar to go to Mulund. She said as the compartment was crowded, she realised she would not be able to alight at Mulund, so she waited on one side to alight at Nahur, when a man got up from his seat and stood beside her. The woman alleged that in the pretext of adjusting her bag, the man touched her inappropriately twice.

Although she gave him the benefit of doubt that the compartment was crowded, people in the coach started heckling her saying she should have boarded the ladies compartment instead of the general. She shot back saying the general compartment can be used by anyone and it is not just for men. The alleged molester pretended to take the woman’s side asking her who is bothering her to which she replied and asked him to not interfere.

A few moments after the argument, the man groped her again and she caught his fingers, pulled him away and confronted him. But she alleged that nobody came to help her and accused her of creating a fuss in the train. The woman then shot a video of the man and raised an alarm while alighting at Nahur, but still no one helped her. Later she found two policewomen at the platform and narrated the incident to them. The cops told her that she should have beaten up the man whereas their male colleague who was standing with them said that it would difficult to find him as he looked like a regular office goer and not a history-sheeter.

The woman filed an FIR against the man at Kurla GRP chowki. No arrests have been made yet as the police said that they are still looking for the accused.  

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