Man mo­lests teacher, caught by passers-by

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT NAVI MUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NAVI MUM­BAI: A 28- year- old daily wage earner who al­legedly mo­lested a school teacher twice in the past one-and-a-half month, has been ar­rested by the Khan­desh­war po­lice.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, the 22-year-old woman teaches in a school at Kharghar and lives at New Pan­vel. On Fri­day around 6.15am, as she was cross­ing the rail­way tracks to take an auto, an uniden­ti­fied man ac­costed her.

“As the com­plainant was try­ing to avoid him, the ac­cused grabbed her hand and then touched her in­ap­pro­pri­ately. He force­fully hugged her in front of ev­ery­one,” said a po­lice of­fi­cer from Khan­desh­war po­lice sta­tion.

The woman’s col­league was walk­ing ahead of her. “As she started shout­ing for help, her col­league and some other peo­ple chased the ac­cused. They caught him at a dis­tance and later handed him over to the po­lice,” the of­fi­cer said.

The po­lice ar rested t he ac­cused un­der sec­tion 354 and other rel­e­vant sec­tions of the In­dian Pe­nal Code. He has been iden­ti­fied as Shankar Paswan, and he lives in a nearby slum.

The woman later told po­lice, that this was the same man who had mo­lested her on Fe­bru­ary 1. Then, she had pelted a stone at him. But, she did not file a com­plaint as she was too scared.

“The ac­cused is now in our cus­tody. We are prob­ing if he has mo­lested other women. So far, we have not found any crim­i­nal record against him,” an­other po­lice of­fi­cer said.

THE WOMAN TOLD PO­LICE THAT THIS WAS THE SAME MAN WHO HAD MO­LESTED HER ON FEB 1. SHE WAS SCARED TO FILE A COM­PLAINT

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