Another molestation shames B’luru, video goes viral

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 Jan 2017 08:24:02


Jan 4,


AMID national outrage over several women being molested in full public view on New Year’s eve in midtown here, another case of a woman being groped and assaulted by two scooter-borne men near her home has emerged with the shocking incident caught on camera.

The video footage captured on January 1, at 2.41 am shows two men accost a woman on a scooter, race past her and take a U-turn, only to park the vehicle, after which one of them jumps off and gropes her before escaping, even as bystanders watch without coming to her help.

In the video footage caught on the CCTV of a residential building, one of the two men was first seen approaching the woman and forcing himself on her and dragging her to the scooter while the other person is seated on it, before pinning her down.

As the victim resists and tries to free herself from the clutches of the culprit, he pushes her down on the road and both escape from the scene, but not before the victim slaps the one who had grabbed her.
Bengaluru Police Commissioner Praveen Sood said an FIR had been filed and the victim had not yet approached the police. “The victim’s neighbour gave us the video in response to our appeal to provide visual evidence of such incidents,” Sood said. Francis, the victim’s neighbour had installed a surveillance camera at his house to safeguard his car after it was scratched and damaged.

“The victim and her friend approached me to find out if our camera captured the incident and to identify the accused. As it did, I handed it over to the police for tracing the culprits,” Francis told reporters.

“We have formed a special team to investigate the
incident and get the culprits at the earliest though the victim has not filed a complaint against them,” Additional Commissioner of Police (East) Hemant Nimbalkar said.

On late December 31 night, several women were molested and groped and lewd remarks passed by miscreants on M G Road and Brigade Road, despite the presence of 1,500 police personnel to control the unruly New Year revellers. The incident drew flak from many quarters.