Three held for harassing woman on Namma Metro

A private firm employee was among three people arrested by the Upparpet police for allegedly misbehaving with a 27-year-old woman during a row over vacating a seat in the Namma Metro.

The incident occurred on the train between Cubbon Park station and Nadaprabhu Kempegowda Station, Majestic, on Saturday around 10.30 p.m.

The woman had gone to the Chinnaswamy stadium, and was returning home. When she boarded the train, she asked a man sitting in a seat in the first coach to get up, saying it was reserved for women.

The man got up. Soon, his two friends joined him and they started passing lewd comments and harassing her, the woman alleged. Though she objected, they continued to harass her till the train reached Nadaprabhu Kempegowda station, even following her in the station after she got off the train, she alleged.

The woman caught one of the men and started shouting for help. Two security guards reached the spot and took the man to the control room and alerted the police.

Police went to the station and took the man to Upparpet police station, and the woman was asked to file a complaint.

Based on the complaint, the Upparpet police charged the man under Section 354 (assault or criminal force on woman with intent to outrage her modesty). The police arrested the two others on Sunday and remanded them in judicial custody after producing them in court.The accused have been identified as Hariharan, 28, Anil Kumar, 25, and Mahadeshwara, 20.The Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. (BMRCL), however, reiterated that only the first two entrances on every three-coach train and the entire first coach in a six-coach train are reserved for women.

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