Man arrested for assaulting student inside women’s compartment of Mumbai local train

Man arrested for assaulting student inside women’s compartment of Mumbai local train

By Divyesh Singh: The Mumbai Government Railway Police (GRP) arrested a forty-year-old man who worked as a private porter on Thursday for sexually assaulting a college student on the Mumbai local train. The incident happened as the woman was travelling between the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus and the Masjid Bunder stations to give an examination.

Officials said the man worked as a porter and identified him as Nawaz Karim.

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The student was travelling in the train’s women’s compartment when Nawaz entered it and started attacking her. The student tried to push off Nawaz but he allegedly did not stop, despite warnings from another woman who told him that she would call the police.

The student got off at the Masjid Bunder station on the harbor line and got into a general compartment. There, a man asked her what happened after he saw her.

After she told the man what had transpired in the women’s compartment, he alerted the GRP helpline. Female staffers of the GRP then boarded the train at Sanpada station. The police accompanied the student to her examination center in Belapur and informed the supervisor about the incident. The supervisor agreed to help the student give the exam on another date.

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A complaint was filed against the accused at the GRP police station in Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus.

GRP and Railway Protection Force officials scanned CCTV footage and Nawaz was captured on camera as he entered the Masjid Bunder station.

His pictures were circulated at various stations and he was arrested at the Masjid Bunder station after eight hours. He has been booked under sections of rape.

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NCP’S SUPRIYA SULE CALLS FOR ACTION

Reacting to the incident, NCP working president Supriya Sule said it raises questions about women’s safety in local trains. “Criminals have no fear of the law in Maharashtra and this is due to the inaction of the home department,” sais Sule.

She demanded strict action against the accused by the investigating agencies.

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