Days after being granted bail, cops have re-arrested the 19-year-old who eve-teased and assaulted a minor girl in public at Kurla-Nehrunagar area of Mumbai earlier this week.
The 16-year-old was beaten in full view of the public and suffered a fractured nose due to the assault. The incident, which took place on Tuesday, was captured in a CCTV camera.
The accused, identified as Imran Shahid Shaikh, was arrested on the day of the incident, but was later granted bail by a local court.
According to a police official, the incident took place on October 17 near SRA Building in Shramjeevi Nagar at 7 pm, when the victim was going to her class with a friend at Adarsh Nagar in Thakkar Bappa Colony in Chembur.
“When she was near her building, a group of youths, who were seated inside a parked auto-rickshaw, were arguing loudly. The victim asked them not to make noise and then walked some distance with her friend,” the official said.
However, enraged at being reprimanded by her, Shaikh, whom she knew, came out of the rickshaw and thrashed her repeatedly.
“Shaikh hit her on the nose with a metal object, after which she collapsed on the ground, with her nose bleeding profusely,” he said.
After the incident, the accused also threatened her and fled from the spot.
“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.
Based on the complaint by the victim, Nehrunagar Police registered an offence against Shaikh under sections 324, 326 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code.
He was arrested on the same day. He was produced in a court, which granted bail to him, investigating officer Deepak Pawra said.
The victim later told TV channels that Shaikh had been harassing her for the last few days. Even after the behaviour was conveyed to his family, nothing changed as he continued to pass vulgar comments at her.
She also claimed that the cops told her not to press charges and instead opt for a compromise.
“I had told all of this to the police but they recorded something else in the statement. The police also told us not to file a case and instead, go for a compromise. We were also offered money to shut up,” the girl claimed.
Even the victim’s family has alleged that the police were reluctant to register the FIR and slap molestation charges.
When questioned about the allegations, Senior Police Inspector of Nehrunagar Police Station, Pramod Khoparde, denied them.
Meanwhile, on Saturday the victim’s family pressed a new charge of molestation against Shaikh under section 354, following which he was taken into custody again.
“We have added sections for Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) and causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons under the IPC according to the supplementary statement of the victim. We have arrested the accused and our probe is on,” said Shahaji Umap, Deputy Commissioner of Police (zone 6).
A video purportedly showing Shaikh attacking the victim has gone viral in the social and mainstream media. In the video, the accused can be seen manhandling the teen in full public view. Passersby only came to help after the attacker left the scene.
— ANI (@ANI) October 20, 2017
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