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Delhi University student files complaint against man for masturbating, trying to molest her on bus

A Delhi University student lodged an case against a man for allegedly molesting her on board a bus, according to several media reports.

The student, who recorded the the incident on camera, accused the man sitting next to her of masturbating and repeatedly trying to touch her her waist, News18 reported. The victim said the incident occurred on 7 February on the route between Vasant Vihar and IIT Gate, according to the report.

According to a report in Indian Express, police said the incident occurred when the victim was returning home on a DTC bus. An elderly man sat next to her and leaned against her, the woman moved in her seat to avoid contact with him but he leaned against her again. "I immediately raised an alarm and told my co-passengers. I told them that the man was masturbating but no one understood what I was talking about. The accused then started asking me to calm down and he later got down,” the victim alleged, according to the report.

“I confronted him and told him he had no shame. He appeared drunk and didn’t seem to understand what I was saying,” she said. She further said that the ordeal went on for about 10 minutes but the 30-odd other passengers in the bus allegedly ignored the incident, Hindustan Times reported.   “One woman who too appeared to be a student just responded by saying ‘achcha’ when I mentioned the incident. The man, meanwhile, got off the bus near IIT Delhi gate without any problems. I was shocked beyond belief and did not know how to react with people showing apathy. I was numb,” she said, according to the report.

The video that the student uploaded on social media, showed a middle-aged man exposing and fondling himself as he used a bag on his lap to hide his actions from other passengers, NDTV reported. The victim shouted at the man but he remained unfazed, perhaps emboldened by the lack of response from other passengers, according to the report.

The Free Press Journal reported that an FIR was lodged with Vasant Vihar Police under sections 354 (sexual harassment), 354A, and 294 (obscene act in public place) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and that an investigation is underway.


Updated Date: Feb 12, 2018 15:01 PM

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