The Delhi gang-rape case is fresh in public memory, but that did not prompt any of the thousands of train commuters from trying to intervene when a 19-year-old girl was stabbed by her ex-boyfriend on Monday evening near Thane railway station.
The accused, Narendra Kave, 20, then consumed poison in front of the crowd and collapsed.
“The Kopari bridge is very busy and there are people on it all the time, but no one tried to help as the boy stabbed the girl. It is very sad, but everyone just hung back and watched,” said a commuter who called the police and helped take the duo to the hospital.
“It’s because of this attitude that a person dares to molest or attack women in public,” he added.
A senior police official said no one intervened even as the victim fended off the attack with her hands. “No passerby tried to stop the culprit. People came forward only after the boy fainted at the spot,” said the official, who did not wish to be named.
The victim, who was stabbed three times and has serious wounds on her neck and hands, is stable and responding well to treatment.
Kave is being treated at a different hospital and is also reportedly out of danger.
Police inspector Narayan Hatkar from Kopari police station said that the two are residents of the same chawl in Anandnagar, Kopari, and had been in a relationship for two years.
“The girl broke off the relationship recently as the boy had become very dictatorial and suspicious,” Hatkar said, adding that the victim has recorded her police statement.
“Kave will be arrested soon and produced in Thane court,” he added.
Kave attacked the girl after she allegedly refused to get back with him and he did not want her to marry anyone other than him. The girl was returning home from her office in Kurla when she was attacked.
Some neighbours said the duo had tried to elope a year ago, but had been stopped by their families.