A 25-year-old woman, traumatised after being molested on a local train in Navi Mumbai on Sunday, has alleged that the Railway Protection Force (RPF) asked her not to file a complaint as she had ‘only been molested’.
The woman, a Nerul resident, had boarded a train from Nerul station at 5.10am on Sunday for Thane. “There were no policemen at the station. As the train started moving, a man jumped in. He came to me and asked me to do obscene things and said he would not harm me if I obeyed him. I was very scared as I was alone in the compartment. I shouted for help but nobody could hear me as the train was moving,” the victim said.
“The man then came closer and opened his fly. He said he would not harm me and just wanted to touch my chest. I was terrified as he appeared to be a maniac and threatened to throw me out of the moving train. He spoke fluent English.”
At Juinagar, the woman somehow managed to get off and boarded another compartment that had a few passengers. In Thane, the woman and her friend approached the RPF for help.
“The RPF personnel asked me whether I had been robbed or if the man had tried to rape me. When I said no, they asked me why I wanted to lodge a complaint,” the victim a added. Disappointed, the woman left.
On Monday, she approached the Vashi government railway police who registered a case against an unidentified person. “The Vashi railway police have been very cooperative. They have asked me to come on Tuesday to see if I can identify the man from CCTV footage,” she added.
Anil Sharma, inspector general (RPF), Central Railway, said, “Whether the crime comes under the RPF or not, the personnel cannot treat a victim in such a manner. I will be personally looking into the matter.”