Assault On Lady Passengers

Something similar to what happened to Soumya back in February 2011 another attack in a ladies railway compartment happened yesterday. Around 9am near Kuruppanthara railway station on the Kottayam bound Ernakulam-Kottayam passenger train, a man who the police later identified as Sadananda Deshmukh,  42 of Maharashtra, forcibly entered the ladies only compartment and attacked some of the passengers. Majority of the women in the compartment were students and in the melee a 19 year old Polytechnic student Jisha Jose was injured and later admitted to the hospital.

Deshmukh was apprehended by other people and handed over to the railway station master. The cops arrested him and took him to the police station but have said that initial interrogation has not yielded much results. They say that his statements are vague and that it keeps changing every minute. A case has been registered against him based on the statements of the students and other women passengers. Other eyewitness claim that he has been seen boarding the ladies compartment on other days. He is said to be acting like a psychopath in custody. The case against him is under 345 IPC for attempt to outrage the modesty of women and also charged with attempted robbery. He is remanded for 15 days.

People had been hoping that last year’s incident, which shocked the citizens of Kerala, the security of women traveling in trains would be strengthened with either guards or police stationed in the compartments. However it seems that there is still a lot left to be desired in that situation.

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