Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - HTMETRO - Faisal Tan­del

MUM­BAI: A 24-year-old man, who was in Arthur Road jail for steal­ing a mo­bile phone in Novem­ber, was on Satur­day taken into cus­tody by Vikhroli po­lice for an ear­lier case of sex­ual as­sault .

The ac­cused was booked for al­legedly sex­u­ally as­sault­ing and stalk­ing a 20-year-old woman in Vikhroli in Oc­to­ber.

“We took his cus­tody from Arthur Road jail and he was pro­duced in the court on Sun­day,” said an in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer from Vikhroli po­lice sta­tion.

The ac­cused had be­friended the woman on a so­cial net­work­ing site in Septem­ber last year after which they started talk­ing. The ac­cused used to urge the woman to meet him but she re­fused ev­ery time. He then started ha­rass­ing her by send­ing her ob­scene mes­sages, after which the woman blocked him. He then started stalk­ing her on the streets, po­lice said.

“On Oc­to­ber 21, 2018, when the com­plainant was on her way to drop her un­cle’s son to school, the ac­cused stalked her and asked her to come with him to Ch­ha­tra­p­ati Shivaji Ma­haraj Ter­mi­nus (CSMT) but she re­fused. After that the ac­cused called the woman’s fa­ther and threat­ened and abused him,” said a po­lice of­fi­cer.

The woman, along with her fa­ther, then lodged a com­plaint with Vikhroli po­lice sta­tion in the last week of Oc­to­ber.

The po­lice reg­is­tered a case un­der sec­tion 354 (as­sault or crim­i­nal force to woman with in­tent to out­rage her mod­esty) and 354 (D) (stalk­ing) of the In­dian Pe­nal Code (IPC).

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