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New Year revelry: Two women molested in Mumbai
January 02, 2008 11:30 IST
Two women were allegedly molested by a group of men during New Year revelry outside a five-star hotel in Mumbai.
The police said no complaint has been filed yet in this connection, but a leading English daily published a series of photographs on the incident.
"No such complaint has been registered with us. We had adequate security arrangements outside the hotel, where personnel from the State Reserve Police Force were posted and closed-circuit cameras installed," Additional Commissioner of Police Archana Tyagi said.
The incident took place at around 0145 hrs on Tuesday when the women, along with their male friends, were heading towards Juhu beach from a hotel in the suburbs.
A mob of 70-80 men reportedly tore up the women's clothes, molested and groped them while their male companions, overpowered by the crowd, watched helplessly.
A team from the traffic police, led by an inspector, reportedly chased away the mob and took the victims to the nearby Juhu police station.
"There seems to be some discrepancy about the spot of the incident. If the police officer had seen the happenings, he should have come forward and filed a complaint himself rather than just taking the victims to police station," Tyagi said.
Tyagi appealed to the victims to come forward and file a police complaint as the pictures published by the daily were "suggestive" of the incident.
A similar incident had happened exactly a year ago, when a girl was molested by New Year revellers at the Gateway of India.