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Mumbai ticket checkers booked for harassing teen with invalid ticket, detaining her for six hours

The 17-year-old girl said they had threatened her and cast aspersions on her character

mumbai Updated: Dec 22, 2017 09:23 IST
Megha Sood
Megha Sood
Hindustan Times
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The girl said she presented her second-class ticket from Thane to CSMT without realising that she had failed to start the journey within an hour of buying it.(HT File Photo)

The CSMT government railway police (GRP) booked three ticket checkers under the stringent Protection of Children against Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act on Monday, after a 17-year-old girl said they had threatened her and cast aspersions on her character after she was caught with an invalid ticket.

The girl said she not only paid a fine of Rs200, but was also made to wait for six hours.The girl had written an application to the CSMT GRP a few days after the incident, which occurred on July 23.

The police turned her application into an FIR recently, following which they booked the three TCs — Bikto Baktar Singh, 25, Sandeep Kuma, 29, and Ramchandra Katpe, 41 — on charges of threatening, wrongful restraint and intimidation along with sections of POCSO.

The girl, a student and Thane resident, said she was on her way from home to her college in CSMT when the incident took place. When she alighted from the train at CSMT at 12.30pm, Singh stopped her and asked to see her ticket.

The girl said she presented her second-class ticket from Thane to CSMT without realising that she had failed to start the journey within an hour of buying it. She apologised, but Singh told her she would have to pay the fine, which is the cost of the ticket, plus Rs250.

As she only had Rs200 in her pocket, the girl said she began negotiating with the TC, asking him to let her off with just a warning as it was an “honest mistake”.

An argument began, following which fellow TCs Kumar and Katpe joined in and started taunting the teenager. “The girl told us that she called a friend,” said Machindra Chavan, assistant commissioner of police, CSMT GRP.

In her complaint, the girl said she was made to wait for four hours, following which the TCs refused to give her a receipt for the fine she paid. “The TCs ganged up against me and taunted me, saying I had gone to meet my boyfriend, which is why I was delayed and boarded the train an hour late,” said the girl in her police complaint. 

She said the men also passed comments on her character, which embarrassed her.The girl added that after she paid the fine, she called up her father and an uncle who is an advocate. Her uncle advised her not to leave until the TCs gave her a receipt, according to the complaint.

“She said the TCs threatened her and made her wait another two hours, saying they would take her to the police station,” added an officer from CSMT GRP. The girl said she eventually left without a receipt.

A few days later, she wrote an application to the police, saying the TCs harassed her and passed several objectionable remarks. “We will examine the CCTV footage to ascertain what happened. Following this, we will arrest the three,” said Chavan.

First Published: Dec 22, 2017 09:23 IST