It’s been more than two weeks since a 25-year-old woman was molested on a local train in Navi Mumbai, but the accused is yet to be traced. However, the Vashi government railway police (GRP) are unperturbed, as they believe that it is only a matter of time before they track him down.
On June 19, the victim, a resident of Nerul, had boarded a train from Nerul station at 5.10am for Thane. She was heading to Pune to appear for the entrance exam at the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research. As the train started moving, a man jumped in. He approached the woman, who was alone in the compartment, and asked her to do obscene things. At Juinagar, the woman managed to get off and boarded another compartment. At Thane, the woman and her friend approached the railway police force (RPF) to lodge a complaint, but were turned away by the police.
The victim approached the Vashi railway police on June 20, where she lodged a complaint.
On Thursday, the Bombay high court (HC) will continue to hear a suo moto public interest litigation based on the Hindustan Times report on the incident, which was published on June 21. The HC has summoned RPF inspector-general Anil Sharma and GRP commissioner LK Bishnoi. While Sharma will have to explain why his men refused to help the girl, Bishnoi has to give a progress report in the case.
The Vashi GRP say they have made concerted efforts to trace the accused. Two railway policemen are stationed at Nerul station from 4am to 6am everyday to trace the accused, whose sketches have been prepared. The railway police have so far intercepted more than 10 persons whose appearance matched with that of the accused.
The police have released the sketches to other police stations They have also examined footage from closed circuit television cameras installed at stations between Belapur and Thane. However, the cameras have not captured the accused, said the police. “We took the victim along to Nerul station twice so that she could help us identify the accused. We have also deployed two men at Nerul station. We assume that sooner or later he will come there and will be arrested,” said senior police inspector Baldev Bujbal.