Mumbai molestation case: Court sends accused to judicial custody till Oct 25

The parents registered a complaint later in the evening, in which the girl alleged that the accused first teased her and when she raised an alarm, he physically assaulted her.

"When she was near the building, she saw a group of youths, seated inside a parked autorickshaw, arguing loudly". The incident that took place on Tuesday was captured on CCTV camera. As the girl resisted, Shaikh pulled out a sharp object and hit the girl on her nose.

The footage shows a girl walking and a man, who was walking in a different direction, suddenly take a turn and hit her as surprised onlookers watch helplessly. "Shaikh also punched me in the face due to which I became semi-conscious and my nose was bleeding", the girl wrote in her FIR.

The victim was on her way to tuition classes on October 17 when some boys started passing lewd comments at her.

"The people, who witnessed the incident, did not stop Shaikh from beating her", the official said, adding that the victim was taken to Rajawadi Hospital, where she was found to have suffered a nose fracture.
Shaikh was produced before a court Sunday which sent him to police custody until October 25.

Police claimed that the accused was arrested on the day of the incident, but was later granted bail by a local court.

The victim after being discharged from the hospital told NDTV, "He has been harassing me for some time". But before they could reach the spot, Shaikh and his friend fled.

The police initially registered a case under section 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by risky weapons or means) and 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) of IPC. However, the police added sections of the stringent POCSO Act and other charges to the case against him after more details emerged, and arrested him again Saturday as his bail was cancelled.

Vanessa Coleman

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