The police said the incident took place around 9pm at the spot off Juhu beach where citizens were paying homage to the victim by lighting candles.
“The complainant told us that while she was lighting a candle along with other protestors, someone touched her inappropriately. By the time she looked around, the person was gone,” a police officer said, requesting anonymity.
“We will scan CCTV cameras in the area to identify the accused,” inspector Sudhir Kudalkar from Santacruz police station said. The police will also quiz others who had been present at the spot for leads on the accused.
Celebrities such as Shabana Azmi, Javed Akhtar and Kailash Kher were present in the protest march, which left from Juhu beach at 5.30pm and went up to Kaifi Azmi park.
“Nothing happened during the actual rally or we would have caught the man. The incident must have taken place after the rally was over,” a volunteer at the rally who did not wished to be named.