A 22 Year Old man has been arrested for allegedly making lewd gestures at a woman on a Delhi Metro train, police said Friday. The man was identified through CCTV footage from inside the train and was arrested following a tip off, Gurgaon Police Public Relations Officer Subhash Bokan said.
A 34 year old woman from south Delhi complained to the Gurgaon Police that a man made objectionable gestures at her while she was travelling on the metro on Thursday. The incident happened when the train was between Iffco Chowk and Huda City Centre metro stations, police said.
In her police complaint, the woman, a resident of Delhi, said that she was sitting in a coach when the accused stood near her, unzipped his pants and made a lewd gesture.
Police said the victim had boarded the Metro from Central Secretariat towards HCC around 2.45pm. “When the train was between Iffco Chowk station and HCC station, a man in my coach unzipped his pants . His behaviour was obnoxious. I shouted at him, and other co-passengers caught him,” said the victim in her complaint.
The woman, who works in Delhi, was on a visit to her office headquarters in Gurugram when the incident occurred. The suspect, identified as Nitin Kumar, was taken to HCC Metro control room and a CISF team questioned him.
Later, the Metro staff informed the police, following which a team from Sector 51 police station reached the spot and took the accused in its custody. Police said that the accused, who is a history-sheeter, was working as an autorickshaw driver in Gurugram for the last one year.
Shamsher Singh, assistant commissioner of police (crime), said that Nitin is a history-sheeter and was on March 26 booked for a similar incident at Metro police station. “During questioning, he confessed to his crime and said that he had molested several women in trains but was never caught as he managed to flee,” he said.
A case under sections 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) and 345A (sexual harassment) of the IPC was registered. The accused was produced before the district sessions court on Friday and was sent to 14-day judicial custody.