A 24-year-old woman was allegedly molested in broad daylight by a man two days ago in the Capital's posh South Extension-II market. But the incident did not end there mercifully, for the woman caught hold of the man and thrashed him.
And, a crowd of around 20 people, which had gathered, stood by and just watched. The man fled the scene before the police could arrive.
The woman, an aspiring lawyer, told the police that she had gone to the market alone and was standing inside a mobile phone shop in the market, when a man in his early 30s allegedly tried to touch her and made advances. She told the police that she had caught hold of the man and asked him about his intentions. The man then began arguing with her, following which she slapped him hard.
A senior police officer said: "The woman caught hold of the man and asked him what he was up to. The man then started arguing with her. She confronted the man and slapped him hard."
The man fled when she shouted for help and even chased him, the police officer said, adding there were around 20 people around, but none came forward to her help.
The police said that the woman then called the police control room, though the accused had by then disappeared. A case of molestation was subsequently registered at the Defence Colony police station.
"We have registered a case and are investigating the matter. No arrests have been made so far," said the officer. The woman lives in Defence Colony. In 2007, 835 cases of molestation were registered in Delhi, up from 713 cases in 2006.