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Thursday, Oct 17, 2019

Mumbai girl tried to pull chain before jumping off moving train fearing stranger would molest her

The girl got scared that he would molest her; police hunt for man, suspect he was planning to rob her

mumbai Updated: Oct 24, 2017 00:49 IST
Megha Sood
Megha Sood
Hindustan Times
A 13-year-old girl jumped out of the train after a man boarded the compartment she was in at CSMT on Sunday.
A 13-year-old girl jumped out of the train after a man boarded the compartment she was in at CSMT on Sunday.(PHOTO FOR REPRESENTATIONAL PURPOSE ONLY)

A day after a 13-year-old girl jumped off a running train on Sunday morning, fearing that a man who entered the otherwise-empty coach would molest her, her mother said she had tried to pull the chain first.

“My daughter said she tried to pull the chain when the man began walking towards her, but had no other option but to jump out,” she said.

The girl was on her way from CST to tuition classes in Currey Road when the incident occurred.

She told GRP that she stood near the door as she was the sole occupant of the coach. As the train began moving, an unidentified man got into the compartment. He asked her whether the compartment was reserved for ladies. The girl said she replied that was and asked him to alight at the next stop.

“The man told her to shut up and began advancing towards her. The girl got scared and feared that he would hurt her. As the train pulled in at the Masjid Bunder station, the girl noticed a few gangmen and police officers at the platform. She jumped off immediately,” said Machindra Chavan, assistant commissioner of police (CR GRP).

The officials took the girl to St George Hospital, where she is being treated for severe injuries on her head and limbs.

Police registered a case against the unidentified man for outraging the modesty of a woman and stalking, along iwth sections of the Protection Of Children Against Sexual Offences Act.

“We are checking CCTV camera footage of CSMT and Masjid Bunder to trace the man,” he said.

The mother said she usually accompanies her daughter, but had to leave for a funeral that day.

The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) government railway police (GRP) have alerted staff across the city and its neighbouring districts and forwarded CCTV camera footage of the man to them.

First Published: Oct 23, 2017 13:00 IST

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