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Mumbai girl jumps off train to escape attacker

A 17-year-old girl jumped from a moving train near Lower Parel station on Friday evening when a man assaulted her and threatened to stab her after she told him not to travel in the women’s compartment.

india Updated: Mar 16, 2009 02:12 IST
Shahkar Abidi

A 17-year-old girl jumped from a moving train near Lower Parel station on Friday evening when a man assaulted her and threatened to stab her after she told him not to travel in the women’s compartment.

The victim (whose identity had been withheld), who suffered minor injuries, was discharged after being given first aid at a government hospital on Saturday.

The Government Railway Police (GRP) said the victim, a resident of Mahalaxmi, was travelling alone in the women’s compartment of Saurashtra Express after attending a religious ceremony in Vapi. In her complaint to the Mumbai Central railway police, she claimed that around 6.45 pm when the train reached Dadar most of the women got off, leaving her and another woman with two children.

“There were no guards or policemen in the compartment,” she said in the complaint. “At Dadar, a man in his mid-20s got in, stood near the door and kept staring at me.

“Feeling uncomfortable, I confronted him and asked him to go to another bogie. This led to an altercation and he slapped me.” She alleged that the man then whipped out a knife and threatened her.

“She got scared and jumped off the moving train near Lower Parel station,” Senior Inspector B. Rane of the Mumbai Central railway police told HT.

The GRP said they would show the CCTV footage of the Dadar station to the girl to identify the accused.

B. Rane, senior GRP inspector, Mumbai Central, said: “We have asked the victim to go through the CCTV footage using which we can identify the man who threatened her with a knife. As per her complaint, the accused had boarded the train at the Dadar station. We have the CCTV footage of Dadar and Mumbai Central railway stations.”

“However, she has not yet expressed her willingness to examine the footage,” the officer added.

With agency inputs