Man arrested for sexual harassment of policewoman

The complainant traffic official was deployed to monitor traffic in the area.

pune Updated: Aug 22, 2018 16:16 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Pune
Ravi Ashok Sartape.(HT Photo)

A 32-year-old man was accused of stalking and verbal abuse of a female traffic police official on Monday. The man was identified as Ravi Ashok Sartape, who was riding a vehicle along the Mahatma Phule chowk in Mundhwa on Monday.

The complainant traffic official was deployed to monitor traffic in the area. She stopped the accused for violating traffic rules. After she stopped him, Sartape allegedly abused her verbally before shouting and threatening her.While the complainant is from the Hadapsar traffic division, Sartape is an unemployed man pursuing a correspondence course in bachelor of business administration.

“He has a history of cases that include 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and one house break-in as well. He was driving from the wrong side and the officer simply asked him to stop at another point as he was blocking the way. He told her to move instead,” said assistant police inspector Pandit Rejitwad of Mundhwa police station, who is investigating the case.

Over the course of the fight that ensued between the two, Sartape pulled the official’s hand and yelled expletives at her after her senior asked her to install jammers on the tyre of his vehicle.

He was arrested in the case and remanded in magisterial custody and his case will be sent to a sessions court for further proceedings. He has been sent to the Yerwada Central jail. The man worked in a garment showroom in the past, but was fired due to his behaviour.

A case under Sections 354(a) (sexual harassment), 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of her/his duty), 506 (criminal intimidation), 504 (insult with an intent of provoking breach of peace) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) was registered at the Mundhwa police station.

First Published: Aug 22, 2018 16:05 IST