MP: Two arrested for sexually harassing woman, teen on trains

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Apr 02, 2015 17:40 IST

In two separate incidents of sexual assault on trains in Madhya Pradesh, the Government Railway Police (GRP) arrested two persons, including a soldier, a railway official said on Wednesday.

The first incident took place on the New Delhi-Bilaspur Rajdhani Express (22442) late on Tuesday night in which lance naik Kamlesh Prasad, a resident of Durg district in Chhattisgarh, allegedly sexually assaulted a 25-year-old woman, who was travelling along with her child on the B1 coach.

According to GRP officials, Prasad, who was travelling on the same coach, told the woman that he wanted to touch her.

"The victim opposed, but the accused forcibly sat on her seat and started sexually harassing her," the GRP officer said.

Superintendent of railway police Awadesh Goswami said the woman took the photographs of the soldier and registered a complaint through a GRP helpline app.

"After receiving the victim's complaint, her location was traced near Bina Railway station. As the train departed from Bina and was to halt at Bhopal station, a GRP team attended the victim and arrested the accused," Goswami said.

In another case, the GRP team caught a 40 year-old man for allegedly sexually harassing a minor. The man has been booked under Sections 354 (assault on woman) and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act.

The 17-year-old girl, a resident of East Delhi, wastravelling on the S-1 coach of the Shridham Express from Bhopal to Bina, when Ghan Shyam, a resident of Vidisha district, allegedly sexually assaulted the girl.

She also took the photograph of Shyam and sent it to the GRP app. He was later arrested.

MS Gupta, director general of the GRP, said, "It is the achievement for us that we are getting good responses from passengers. It is also good that the passengers are using the GRP helpline app and helping us to nab criminals."

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