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Gurgaon: Three held for harrassing employee of multinational bank

The complainant said that the incident took place when she left her office to fetch refreshments on Saturday evening

gurgaon Updated: Feb 04, 2018 23:09 IST
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The three men arrested in connection with the molestation case.
The three men arrested in connection with the molestation case.(HT PHOTO)

The police arrested three men for allegedly harassing and molesting a 28-year-old woman on Saturday. The incident took place when the woman exited her office for refreshments on Saturday evening. The woman is employed with a multinational bank in Gurgaon.

The incident took place on the Golf Course Road in DLF-5, the victim stated in her complaint to the police, adding that the three accused, who made lewd gestures, abused and molested her, are residents of Uttar Pradesh and work as carpenters in Gurgaon. A complaint was lodged at the Sushant Lok Police Station under Section 354-D (act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of the Indian Penal Code.

“We have arrested the three accused. They were on a bike when they allegedly blew a kiss at the woman and passed inappropriate comments. When the complainant objected to their behaviour, they abused and threatened her. The victim works in the American Express bank. Our team reached the spot and nabbed the three accused,” Gaurav Phogat, station house officer of the Sushant Lok police station, said.

The accused were identified as Mehraj, Shahnawaz and Javed Mallick.

The police is also conducting a background check of the accused to ascertain if they were involved in other crimes as well.

Earlier, on August 11 last year, a man engaged as a service provider with the cab aggregator Uber was arrested for allegedly abusing a 27-year-old woman employee of a multinational bank over the phone. The accused abused the woman on the night of August 9 after she cancelled the ride with the man twice as she was suspicious of his behaviour. The woman then called the police control room and lodged a formal complaint at Sushant Lok police station, following which the police arrested the accused from Ghaziabad.

Read I Sharp rise in rape, molestation cases make women feel unsafe in Gurgaon

Cases of crimes against women, including rape, molestation, harassment and stalking have increased in the city in the past two years.

In 2016, a total of 131 rape cases were registered while in 2017, the figures shot up to 135. Similarly, in 2016, 120 cases under the POCSO Act were lodged in the city and while in 2017, this number shot up to 133. In 2016, the number of molestation cases registered by the police was 272; this rose to 303 in 2017.

Talking note of this worrying trend, the state police recently relaunched Operation Durga to check rising crimes against women. Under this initiative, the Gurgaon police has decided to add more women to its ranks and set-up three women’s police stations.