Thane: 19-year-old girl molested on train, accused tried to pull her out from moving train

On Sunday, another case molestation case come to light, where a 19-year-old girl was molested by an unidentified man in a long distance train. The incident took place when the train was halted at Thane station.

According to a report in Mumbai Mirror, the girl has alleged that the man, who jumped off when she raised an alarm, tried to pull her out from the train just as it had started leaving the platform. The victim, who was traveling to Mumbai from Bhubaneswar along with her sister in a coach of the Konark Express, recounted her ordeal in a series of posts on Twitter.

Samadhan Pawar, DCP, GRP (CR) told the leading daily, “We received the information through her tweets. After verification, we registered the FIR against an unknown person under Section 354 of IPC (assault or criminal force used on a woman with intent to outrage her modesty), and further investigations are on. Our officers visited her home and recorded her statement. We also start searching for CCTV footage at Thane station.”

The victim in a series of tweets in which she had tagged Mumbai Police, RPF, and Central Railways, among others, narrated the incident that happened. She in one of her tweet said that she was molested and the accused’s intentions were more. The accused also tried pulling her out of the moving train. “I just got lucky, I want him to get caught so he doesn’t go and rape someone who’s helpless. There could be another Nirbhaya or Zainab.”

While narrating the incident in her tweets, the victim said, “I was harassed by a molester in the train today while traveling by Konark Expres to Mumbai… at 3.10 am at Thane station. He was not a passenger, but boarded the train at Thane… as the train started to move he tried his luck.”

She further added that she was brushing her teeth when she felt that someone was standing behind her. She thought that he was a thief and guarded her bag. But as the train started moving, the accused slid his hand inside the victim’s pants, after which she shouted and the man panicked and tried to pull her out of the moving train. But people heard her shouting and came for help and the accused left her hand and ran away.

She also described how the accused looked and what he had worn, “I want him to get caught and punished because he will keep trying his luck. There must be CCTV cameras at Thane station. He was wearing a black hoodie, black jeans with a backpack, had a dark complexion,” she said in her tweet.

“She spotted the man on the train and believed he had boarded at Thane. But we are investigating. The spot where the complainant’s coach had stopped isn’t covered by CCTV cameras. But we are hopeful as there are a lot of CCTVs near the spot,” an officer from Thane GRP told the leading daily.

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