In a shocking incident, a young woman was allegedly flashed and touched inappropriately by a Thane resident inside an ATM kiosk in Mumbai’s Mulund area. The man has been arrested.
Sharing her traumatising experience on Instagram, she said a man entered an ATM kiosk from where she was trying to withdraw money to pay a rickshaw driver waiting outside. As the complainant was facing some issue with the ATM, the man offered to pay, but she refused to take his help. However, the woman added, the man then started touching her inappropriately and even flashed her.
The woman, though shocked, immediately started filming him on her cellphone. On seeing the camera, the man zipped up and fled. She posted the video on Twitter too in the early hours of Monday night, and the post went viral.
In her social media posts, the 23-year-old woman said she spotted a police car nearby and ran over to them and showed them the video. The police followed the man and caught up with him after which a case was registered against him.
The police later said the accused had been charged with Sections 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) 354 (A) (making sexually coloured remarks, shall be guilty of the offence of sexual harassment) and 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
Quoting the Mumbai police, a report in Hindustan Times said: “The police officers chased the accused for a kilometre before nabbing him.”
Sharing her harrowing experience, the woman said in her Instagram post that she did not feel safe anymore.