Youth held for molesting woman at shop

A youth allegedly entered a gift shop in Bansdroni run by a young woman and exposed himself before trying to grab her.

By Our Special Correspondent
  • Published 21.05.18
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Prosen Das, seen in a picture clicked by the complainant on her cellphone

Bansdroni: A youth allegedly entered a gift shop in Bansdroni run by a young woman and exposed himself before trying to grab her.

The accused, Prosen Das, 20, was arrested in Sonarpur, on the southern fringe of the city, on Sunday afternoon following a complaint lodged by the woman with Bansdroni police station on Friday.

"The woman cannot speak Bengali. From what she could make out - she later recounted to her friends some of the words the man had uttered - the accused had passed some lewd comments at her before exposing his private parts," a police officer said.

The woman mentioned in her complaint that the youth, who the police said was a resident of Renia under Sonarpur police station, had entered the gift shop around 6pm on Friday.

The woman, although unable to understand what Das was saying, sensed that something was wrong in his behaviour and started clicking his pictures on her mobile phone.

Some of the pictures show Das, wearing a full-sleeve blue shirt and a blue-and-red cap, was exposing himself even when he was stepping out.

Police sources said the complainant's cellphone had conked out after it fell from her hand when the youth tried to pull her towards himself.

"The pictures could only be retrieved on Sunday. The accused was identified and arrested hours later," an officer said.

An almost similar incident happened on a moving bus in the city a few days ago. A woman clicked on her cellphone an elderly man exposing himself and making obscene gestures at her.

The woman had posted the video on social media and "sought justice" from the police. The cops took cognisance of the matter and identified and arrested the accused within hours.

A senior officer said it was a welcome trend that women were coming forward to report crimes against them.

"Earlier, most would shy away from lodging a complaint. But now they are coming forward. This shows that their self-confidence and faith in police has increased," the officer said.

Prosen, booked under an IPC section related to outrage of modesty, will be produced in court on Monday.