A South Korean woman in her early-twenties was molested in a moving bus over a 10km distance by a group of about 10 men, one of whom was arrested by an alert traffic sergeant who promptly swung into action, searched a congested area to nab him.
The alleged molester, Sujit Mondal, 30, was travelling with a group of colleagues, all of whom work with a catering agency.
The victim was one among three South Korean women students who came to Kolkata to work for a missionary outfit. They were accompanied by a local guide who was with them in the bus and was thrashed by Mondal for trying to fend them off.
“At about 7.30am, I noticed the women crying at a corner of Strand Road. I went up to them and they narrated how the youths passed lewd comments at them throughout the journey. One of the women said a man, later identified as Mondal, molested her. The guide showed bruises on his body. He said Mondal beat him up when he tried to resist the molestation,” sergeant Sreeprasanna Dikpaty, 39, said.
Instead of asking the foreigners to go to the local police station — the customary response in such cases — Dikpaty set out on his motorcycle with the guide in a bid to apprehend the offenders.
“I took the guide along with me on my bike and tried to locate the group. Onlookers said they took Brabourne Road. I searched every corner of Brabourne Road and finally managed to locate one of them near Posta. On grilling him, I apprehended Mondal and handed him over to cops at the Burrabazar police station,” Dikpaty said.