2 Navy sailors ac­cused of sex­ual at­tack dur­ing visit to South Korea

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Rahul Singh rahul.singh@hin­dus­tan­times.com

A good­will visit by an In­dian war­ship to South Korea’s In­cheon port aimed at strength­en­ing mil­i­tary ties ended up caus­ing deep em­bar­rass­ment to the In­dian Navy af­ter two of its sailors were ac­cused of sex­ual ha­rass­ment by a lo­cal woman. The grop­ing in­ci­dent is said to have taken place at a con­ve­nience store on the night of Oc­to­ber 23, the very same day stealth frigate INS Sahyadri an­chored at the port, cast­ing a shadow on the five-day visit.

There were some tense mo­ments at the In­dian em­bassy in Seoul and on the war­ship — com­manded by Cap­tain Ku­nal Singh Ra­jku­mar — af­ter the In­cheon po­lice launched a probe on the ba­sis of the woman’s com­plaint about in­ap­pro­pri­ate be­hav­iour from the sailors. In­dian of­fi­cials co­op­er­ated with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion but there were fears that the scan­dal could cut short the visit to the deeply con­ser­va­tive coun­try.

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