KOZHIKODE: A 33-year-old man was today arrested on the charge of sexually harassing a woman in a deserted lane here last week after a video of the incident rocketed around the Internet.
Police said Jamsher was arrested following a search based on the visuals of the incident that occurred on the afternoon of October 18.
He had been booked under IPC sections pertaining to "sexual harassment, assault or criminal force to woman with intent to disrobe and stalking", police said.
The incident, which occurred on Wednesday, was recorded by a CCTV camera installed at a house on the pocket road connecting YMCA Road with Mavoor Road. The victim has lodged a complaint with the Nadakkavu police on Saturday, based on which the police registered a case.
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Nadakkavu circle inspector T K Ashraf said the police have identified the accused but are yet to nab him. “This is the first time we are coming across such an assault on a woman at a public place. As per the probe details, the accused is a resident of the city itself,” the officer said.
The video has reveals the stark reality that the city’s arterial roads are not safe for women. The video has been doing the rounds on social media since Saturday morning. The accused, wearing a brown shirt and a lungi, is seen chasing the woman walking on the isolated road.
- Kozhikode city has been witnessing a spurt in assaults on women.
- 109 molestation cases were registered in 2016
- The number of rapes stood at 52
- Cases of eve teasing reported was 19
The man pounces on the woman who falls on the road. The video shows him fleeing the spot as the woman raises an alarm.
The woman was sent for medical examination, they added.
Of late, Kozhikode city has been witnessing a spurt in assaults on women. As per the data with the city police, 109 molestation cases were registered in the city in 2016 while the number of rapes stood at 52. There were 19 cases of eve-teasing also.
(inputs from PTI)