Man allegedly masturbates sitting next to journalist in Delhi bus, taken into custody

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A man allegedly masturbated while sitting next to a young woman TV journalist inside a bus full of passengers while passing through south Delhi on Tuesday night, police said on Wednesday.

The crime allegedly took place at around 9.15 pm when the woman was returning from Kapashera to her residence in Sangam Vihar after work.

She alleged she caught the man following which she beat him with her slippers, restrained him inside the bus and dialled the police control room.

“The bus was full but no one helped me even restrain the man. One man wanted me to stop hitting him. There was just one passenger who tried to help me, but later refused to be a witness,” the woman alleged.

The man was taken into custody by the staff of a police control room van that intercepted the bus near Andheriya Modh.

The man, later identified as Mukesh Ranjan Kumar, working for a tent operator, was arrested and booked for molestation, deputy commissioner of police (south) Vijay Kumar said.

“I was sitting on a seat reserved for women. The man approached me, stood very close and began staring at me and fondling himself,” the woman alleged.

The woman said that she stared back at the man, in a bid to dissuade him but he responded by allegedly unzipping himself and pulling out his private organ somewhere between Vasant Kunj and Chhatarpur, the woman said.

Women in Delhi repetitively complain of sexual harassment on public transport or in public places.

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