A woman was allegedly molested after being pinned to the ground near her home in Bengaluru early on Friday, an incident that sent shock waves across the IT city which was reeling due to allegations of mass molestation on New Year’s Eve and the subsequent public outrage.
A young woman wearing a burqa was reportedly attacked by a man early morning on Friday in North Bengaluru's KG Haali residential area as she was walking on her way to work.
It is believed that the man followed her, grabbed her and pinned her to the ground as she screamed for help. She received abrasions on her legs, arms and her tongue.
The attacker reportedly ran away when the barking of street dogs raised an alarm. Residents then rushed to the help the woman and took her to a Hospital.
The incident comes within 24 hours of police commissioner Praveen Sood announcing the arrest of four men for allegedly molesting a woman in Kammanahalli on January 1, and warning `potential molesters' of serious consequences.
The survivor of Friday morning attack, a private firm employee, was on her way to her workplace in Koramangala, when the incident took place. The culprit is said to have been stalking her, and followed her before attacking her.
The woman, a resident of Shivajinagar, was staying at a relative's house in north Bengaluru as her mother was travelling, and her family thought it wouldn't be safe for her to be alone at home. She was to reach her workplace at 7am.
Police booked a case under IPC sections 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) and 354 (outraging the modesty of the woman). "Based on the complaint registered by the woman, we have taken up a case and senior officers are personally monitoring the progress of the investigation," a senior officer said.
Although no CCTV footage of the attack is available, police recovered CCTV clips from a textile shop near the scene of crime. The clips show the alleged molester following the woman.
The city police has been facing a storm of criticism after a group of men groped, stalked and harassed women on New Year's Eve, as thousands of people were partying in the city's biggest commercial stretch. Forty-five security cameras recorded the crowd and video footage circulated on social media had showed women crying and seeking help.