A strange and shocking incident in Mumbai has raised questions on women’s safety in a city which has been considered safer for women in India among all metro cities.
A 33-year-old man was arrested for stalking a 40-year-old woman, pulling her pants, and molesting her on New Link Road, in Kandivli (West), according to a report in Hindustan Times.
The Charkop police, told the daily that the complainant had gone out for a walk on Tuesday around 10pm. The accused, Ramraj Pawar, who was on a scooter, started staring at her. Then he got off the two-wheeler, parked it, and started following the woman.
After sneaking up behind her, he pulled her pants. Out of shock, the woman asked him what he was doing, but Pawar came in front of her and started to touch her inappropriately.
As the woman started screaming for help, people on the road rushed to help her. The accused tried to beat up the people as well, and ran away. A passerby called the police control room after which a patrolling jeep was diverted to the spot and Pawar was nabbed and arrested.
An FIR was registered against Pawar under section 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) of the Indian Penal Code. The police have recorded the statement of the woman and will also record statements of some witnesses.
The police informed the daily that Pawar was not in an inebriated condition when the incident took place. Senior inspector of Charkop police station, Pramod Dhaware, said further investigations are on to find out if the arrested man has any criminal records. He will remain in jail till the court grants him bail.