Tourist molested on ISKCON premises
A 24-year-old American woman staying in a guestroom on the ISKCON temple premises in Juhu has claimed that she was molested on Sunday, reports Megha Sood.india Updated: Feb 05, 2009 14:51 IST
A 24-year-old American woman staying in a guestroom on the ISKCON temple premises in Juhu has claimed that she was molested on Sunday.
After initially refusing to be examined by a doctor, the victim (her name withheld on request) finally agreed to undergo a medical check-up at R.N Cooper Hospital in Vile Parle (West) on Wednesday. The report confirmed that she was molested and not raped, the police said.
“The medical reports have eliminated any possibility of rape,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone IX) Niket Kaushik. “The man had entered her hotel room on the night of January 31 when she was asleep and had tried to molest her. When she screamed for help, he fled.”
Senior Inspector Deepak Katkade said the woman claimed that she had seen the man when he fled the room and gave his description.
“We have clues about his identity. However, at this stage, we cannot reveal his identity as it might compromise our line of investigation,” said Kaushik.
In addition to the trespass and molestation charges, the police have charged the accused with Section 511 (attempt to commit an offence punishable with imprisonment for life or other imprisonment).
“It is certain that the accused is an insider as the complex entrance has security at the gates. It is not possible for an outsider to enter the premises without identification,” said Katkade. “Though it cannot be ruled out that the molestor could have been an ISKCON member, as some outsiders rent rooms in the complex.”
Katkade said the US national, who had been staying at guestroom since January 30, had come to Mumbai to visit her friends in the film industry, and as she was interested in classical music, she decided to stay in there.
ISKCON authorities said they were shocked about the incident considering “its premises being virtual fortress guarded by scores of security personnel round the clock”.