Mumbai: In a shocking incident, a woman was molested by her husband, who was in an inebriated condition, onboard a local train while traveling from Thane to Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station on Thursday night. The GRP (Government Railway Police) arrested the man, identified as one Rafique Shaikh, at Dadar railway station. The incident took place when the duo was traveling in the handicap compartment of the local train at around 11 pm. The accused drives a taxi to earn his living. A case has been registered.
One of the co-passengers shot the video of the incident in which a security personnel is seen standing in an adjoining compartment. Shockingly, he is not seen making much efforts to stop the man from beating his wife. One eye-witness, Samir Zaveri, said: “A man was cruelly beating a woman in the disabled compartment which I board at Thane. When the train started from Kurla, a man started assaulting the woman”. “I being 90% disabled could not do much to help as there was a threat to my life if I intervened. I asked the security person, who was in the ladies compartment which is partially divided with disabled, to pull the emergency alarm but he did not respond,” Mumbai Mirror quoted Zaveri as saying.
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Police have filed a case of attempt to commit murder and molestation in this regard. The incident does not only raise serious concerns over the safety of female commuters in trains but also how people have been affected by the ‘Mute Spectator Syndrome’. When the man kept on molesting his wife, none from the crowd came ahead to help the lady, displaying ‘it’s none of my business’ attitude.