Mumbai: Another video doing the rounds of the social media is that of the alleged molestation of a woman commuter who had fainted during the stampede on the Elphinstone overbridge. The video shows a youth touching the woman in an ‘inappropriate’ manner while she was lying on top of a pile of bodies. As she desperately reached out – perhaps for the last whiff of air – she found the hand crawling over her. But, it might well have been a helping hand , which was misconstrued by the online audience.
The police, too, are not treating the video as conclusive evidence and have asked for more video clips to ascertain whether the touch was indeed inappropriate or the reflex action of a fellow bystander. After looking at the eight-second-long footage, the Mumbai police said the incident could not be instantly construed as ‘molestation’ and sought more such footage to conclusively establish the charge.
“I have seen the video twice. The molestation is not immediately apparent. The footage is too short. His intention could also be to save the (dying) woman. If you have more footage, send it across. Meanwhile, I am sending the video that went viral to Dadar police station,” Mumbai police spokesperson Deepak Devraj told the Free Press Journal.
Devraj further added that ‘legal as well as experts’ opinion’ will be sought, if need be. The Commissioner of Railway Police Niket Kaushik also confirmed that ‘GRP is conducting an enquiry into the matter.’ The woman in question was allegedly molested seconds before she died on the FOB. Her hands are dangling from the railing at the time the fellow commuter, who is seen in a white T-shirt and a black trouser, touched her inappropriately.