Five days after a 26-year-old woman from Bengaluru was allegedly molested on the Shatabdi Express, the city police have yet to apprehend the accused. The incident occurred when the woman, who was travelling from Mysuru to her home in Bengaluru on November 10, had fallen asleep on the train.
The 26-year-old, who works as a civil engineer in Mysuru, was coming back home for a short trip over the weekend.
In a complaint given to the police, the woman has stated that she dozed off near the window in her coach when a male passenger, appearing to be in his mid-forties, who was seated next to her, allegedly groped her while she was asleep.
“She woke up and called him out on his behaviour. Other passengers, however, did not intervene, but simply watched,” the police said, according to a report in The Hindu.
Subsequently, the shocked woman called her father and narrated the incident to him after which he spoke to the accused passenger on the phone. The man offered an abrupt apology and got off at the Kengeri railway station and before disappearing into the crowd, allegedly told the survivor, “Do whatever you want.”
The woman then approached the police. A case of sexual harassment was registered by police officials based on the woman’s complaint.
Police have yet to apprehend the accused and have stated that investigations are currently underway. They are checking CCTV footage and going through the railway reservation chart obtained from railway authorities.
In a similar incident in October, a 22-year-old woman travelling on the Thiruvananthapuram bound Kerala express, was reportedly molested by a travelling ticket examiner (TTE) on the train. The TTE, identified as Arun Kumar Rai, allegedly forcibly hugged the young woman. A departmental probe had been taken up by police following the woman’s complaints.