New Delhi: Amidst outrage in the capital over the brutal gang rape of a 23-year-old who died, a teenaged girl was molested in a city bus by an off-duty conductor, Delhi Police said yesterday. The attacker was arrested, and has been dismissed from service along with two other bus staff.
“The incident was reported on Saturday around 11 pm at Barakhamba Road in central Delhi,” said a senior police officer.
Police said a Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) cluster bus on the Khayala-Jal Vihar route, heading towards Lajpat Nagar, was stopped at a police picket near Mandi House for checking when the 16-year-old girl was spotted crying. The bus had taken a different route due to the traffic diversions around India Gate.
When police officers asked her the reason, she complained that an off-duty conductor sitting in the bus first passed lewd comments on her and when she protested, beat her up.
“The officers deputed at check post arrested the accused,” said the officer.
“The accused, who has been identified as Ranjeet, sat in the bus to go to his home after his duty. Bus driver Prahlad Singh and the bus conductor Tejveer were detained by the police and later let off,” an officer said.
The Delhi government, however, dismissed the driver and both the conductors after the matter came to light.
“We have dismissed all the three men in the case,” Transport Minister Ramakant Goswami said. Police said the family of the girl reesiding at Raghubir Nagar in west Delhi have been informed about the incident.“The girl is now at a relative’s place in south Delhi,” the police officer said, citing a family member.
In fresh incidents of violence against women in Bihar, a minor and a mentally retarded woman were among three raped in the state, police said yesterday even while a nationwide cry was being raised against the gang rape of a 23-year-old para-medical student in Delhi, who died.
Two people have been arrested for abducting and gang raping an intermediate student in Samastipur, police said.
Police said the student was abducted at gunpoint on Friday in Vasudevpur village in Samastipur district, around 100km from here, when she was returning home on a bicycle from a coaching class.
“The accused gang raped her in a sugarcane field and later at a house,” Deputy Superintendent of Police Rajesh Kumar said. A mentally retarded woman was raped on Saturday by Ram Sakal Ram, an employee of Sadar hospital in its premises in Motihari, about 155km from here.
Deputy Superintendent of Police Manoj Kumar said that medical tests of the victim were conducted and her statement was recorded before the judicial magistrate. He said the attacker was untraceable and on the run.In Gopalganj district, 160km from here, a 16-year-old girl was gang raped yesterday by two youths in a village.
The police have stepped up efforts to nab the culprits, a police official said.
Last week, a 12-year-old girl was gang-raped by three youths in a village in Patna district. Police have arrested one of the attackers while two others are on the run.