Woman's alertness and timely act averts a rape and an accident

New Delhi, Jan 29: In yet another horrific incident, a molestation on train was reported. An 18-year-old woman was allegedly molested on Sunday night on a Mumbai-bound express train, the Railway Police said.  It was the woman's timely act and alertness that averted the mishap.

The victim tweeted to police about her "harassment by an unidentified molester" while she was travelling in the Konark Express, senior police inspector Uttam Sonawane of Thane railway police station told PTI.   

"Following the tweet, a case under section 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) of the IPC was registered. Police visited her residence in Nalla Sopara (in neighbouring Palghar district) and recorded her statement," the officer said. 

 The accused boarded the train at Thane station, allegedly touched the woman inappropriately and tried to push her out, another police official said, adding that the alleged incident occurred near the basin in the compartment.   

The man fled after the woman raised the alarm, following which other passengers rushed to her aid.

News24Bureau with Agencies