A 24-year-old student was allegedly molested by a drug addict at Mumbai's Churchgate railway station on September 25, 2018. The college student from Andheri was on her way to attend a seminar in Colaba when she noticed a man staring at her. As she passed him, he touched the woman inappropriately. She immediately raised an alarm and the accused was arrested. The culprit attempted to evade arrest by slashing his hands with a blade. Despite his antiques, he was apprehended and the police have added the charge of attempt to commit suicide against him along with molestation charges
In picture: The accused molester at the police station
On August 26, 2018, a 23-year-old Chembur resident was hugged and kissed by a 30-year-old man at Kurla station around 8.30 in the evening. The accused was under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested and booked under Section 354 of IPC. This incident happened just a day after a 28-year-old pregnant woman from Ghatkopar was allegedly abused and touched by a man when she boarded the compartment for handicapped, highlighting the spurt in crimes against women in Mumbai local trains
On August 27, 2018, a 29-year-old woman was at Kurla station around 9.15 am when a 28-year-old man hugged her and hit her. The accused was identified as a personnel working for the Indian Navy. He was booked under Sections 354, 323, 506 of IPC and arrested
An 18-year-old girl registered a case of molestation against a railway staffer at Vashi Government Railway Police (GRP) station on March 29, 2018. The girl in her complaint wrote that when she was returning from college, she boarded a train around 4 pm and got off at Ghansoli at 5 pm. As she was alighting, she heard someone whistle, and when she turned towards the sound, she saw a man masturbating inside the motorman's cabin. Shocked, the girl ran out of the station. The man in question worked as a railway guard. He was later nabbed by the police
A 22-year-old researcher from Manipur commuting with her European colleague was allegedly molested on a running train on September 11, 2018. The victim narrated her ordeal on social media. A case was registered under section 354 of the IPC and further probe, including scouring CCTV images of the Harbour line stations. The victim approached Vashi railway police and stated that she was molested on September 11, 2018 by an unidentified man in a general compartment on a train while it was travelling between Vashi and Govandi stations on the suburban Harbour line
A 19-year-old was arrested from suburban Borivli for flashing a woman in the ladies compartment of a local train in an incident that occurred on May 24, 2017. When the girl boarded the ladies coach at Borivli station, the accused, boarded an adjacent compartment for the handicapped, which is separated by a grill, and unzipped his trousers. The girl clicked a picture of the man and posted it on a social networking site. Incidentally, when she contacted the railway helpline to post a complaint, the operator refused to aid her in any way and only laughed at her predicament and disconnected the call. Using that photo, police began gathering information about the accused and arrested him
The police arrested a man who masturbated at a 22-year-old woman in the wee hours of June 29, 2017 at CST station in South Mumbai. The woman even shot a video of the accused in the act, but it still did not deter him. The police traced the pervert with the help of CCTV footage later and arrested him
A serial molester was caught after a college student complained about the man, who flashed her while she was on her way to college on July 12, 2017. The man was arrested the next day and the police found that he had several cases filed against him in multiple police stations across Mumbai. The accused was previously charged with molestation, kidnapping and flashing girls. Cases against him were registered at Vakola, Dindoshi, Parksite, Ghatkopar, Govandi, Deonar, Malad and other police stations
A resident of Govandi, and a staff member of a catering company in Koparkhairane, had an unusual kink; he enjoyed lurking around railway platforms, with his fly unzipped or his pants down, especially in those spaces on the platform where women congregate to board the ladies' compartment. As soon as he caught the attention of a female onlooker, by whistling or calling out to her, he would start stimulating himself, turned on by his public erotic display. His escapades finally came to a stop after a 22-year-old girl blew the whistle on Gaikwad's revolting antics, staff members of the Railway Protection Force (RPF) arrested him on June 24, 2017. He claimed that he enjoyed the act, and would do it just for fun
In an incident that took place on February 1, 2016 on a Dahanu-Churchgate local train on the Western line, a man entered the women’s compartment, stripped and started advancing to molest the women in the compartment. The man appeared to be mentally unstable and his actions led to panic among the women passengers. When the train stopped at Andheri, the commuters in other compartments thrashed the man and other ladies too intervened. You can watch the video here.
In a shameful incident took place on December 22, 2016, a 23-year-old partially blind girl was molested on a local train. When the girl was waiting for her train at Churchgate station, the perpetrator identified as Amit approached her and misguided her into the luggage compartment. He then proceeded to hold her and tell her that he loved her and wanted to marry her. What made matters worse was that he knew her name and even addressed her by that. The accused had told the girl that his name was Amit which helped the police start looking for the man. He was later nabbed
The Kurla GRP arrested a 25-year-old man identified for allegedly molesting another man on the local train. The incident happened on August 28, 2016, at around 9.30pm. The complainant, who lives in Ghatkopar and runs a mobile phone store in Chembur, caught a train from Kurla when he felt something poking him in his back. He turned and told the person standing behind to move back a little. After a while, he realised that something was being rubbed against his back. When the complainant turned back he saw that the man’s trousers were unzipped and he was pleasuring himself. Fellow commuters caught Sharma and handed him over to the railway police at Ghatkopar station
A 22-year-old MBA student sitting in the ladies compartment of a Churchgate-bound train was stripped and molested by a young man who then jumped off before he could get caught. Once the man boarded and saw that no one was there, he proceeded to tear the woman’s clothes off and molested her. She was later covered up and taken to the nearest RPF post. The incident took place on August 8, 2015. The man was later caught by the GRP after he was seen wearing the same clothes as he was wearing on the night of the incident. You watch the video of the crime here.
Women commuters travelling in Mumbai local trains are often subjected to molestation or sexual abuse. Police data also indicates a rise in cases of sexual crimes against women in Mumbai’s local trains. Here is a look at 13 cases that will shock you!
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