In a shocking incident caught on camera, a 22-year old woman from North-East was kidnapped at a residential locality here by an unidentified man who allegedly tried to molest her, as bystanders watched passively.
In the CCTV footage, the woman is seen being physically lifted and carried away by the man from behind as she was speaking on her mobile phone in front of her paying guest(PG) accommodation.
She was then taken to a desolate underconstruction building in the adjacent alley and assaulted, the woman alleged, as she narrated the harrowing ordeal.
Several people were seen walking on the street but none helped her when the incident happened on the night of April 23 at Kathriguppe, a residential locality, in south Bengaluru but which came to light only today.
“I started shouting, he tried to close my mouth, then I bit him to rescue myself, reacting to it he hit me, then I fell unconsious due to fear,” she told reporters. He later abandoned her and fled.
“I was unconscious for about five minutes, by then he was not there. My bag and phone was there.” Demanding the assailant’s arrest, she alleged that the man s intention was to sexually assault her.
“I feel this because I had bag, purse and mobile with me, he did not target them. I think his intention was to sexually assault me.” Asked about the police response, she said police came and asked her to file a case, but her PG owners advised her against it, saying it may cause problem to her.
“I think they did that fearing bad name for their PG,” she added.
Here is the video:
Caught on CCTV: Woman in Bengaluru dragged and kidnapped in public viewhttps://t.co/9U0AwKUneb
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Police said they have obtained the CCTV footage, and will nab the culprit soon.
DCP (South) Lokesh Kumar said he only got to know about the incident after the news appeared on TV channels.
He said investigation about the incident was on and added that Police response to the case was also being enquired into.
“If there are any lapses found, action will be taken.”
Kumar said the PG owner had filed a complaint in which he claimed the woman had stated that she will decide on filing the complaint after discussing the issue with her dear ones.
The girl had left the PG next day and the owner was under the impression that girl would have filed the complaint.
City Police Commissioner N S Megharikh said a police two-wheeler patrol had gone to the spot on the day to know about the incident but neither the woman nor the PG owner gave any complaint to the police.
He said “suo motu complaints in such cases become difficult because the girl has to go hospital for medical examination; she has to go to Magistrate for the recording of her statement. Sometimes women do not want to be exposed .”
“However, today we have called the PG owner and obtained the complaint,” he said, adding he had ordered DCP South to enquire into the matter in detail.