On Cam: Woman scribe molested at metro stn, accused nabbed

A woman journalist had been molested on Monday evening at the ITO Metro Station in the capital. The entire incident was captured on the CCTV camera. The incident has raised serious questions on safety and security of woman in the capital. The metro station is at a stones throw from Delhi Police headquarters.

INDIA TODAY adds:

Delhi Metro is in the news for all the wrong reasons. Two women, including a journalist, have lodged a complaint of having been molested inside the ITO metro station on the same day. What's more shocking is that both were molested by the same man, a 25-year-old resident of the nearby slum clusters, who was allegedly encouraged by the unmanned and secluded corridor of the station.

The incident took place on Monday at around 9.30 pm when the journalist had just stepped into the ITO metro station. According to her complaint, an inebriated man first passed lewd comments at her and then touched her inappropriately. When the woman confronted him, he apologised but then groped her. On reprimanding him, he attacked the women and escaped.

She raised an alarm but the CISF officials, posted barely 300 metres away from the spot, paid no heed. A case was registered after she lodged a complaint.

On Tuesday, another woman approached the station controller and complained about having suffered harassment the previous night. Her complaint was also lodged and it was learnt that the same man had molested her and in a similar manner. He was arrested by Delhi Police on Thursday from his residence near the metro station.

Both CISF and Delhi Police have said that it is the shortage of staff that is making women vulnerable in the metro corridors.

The CISF currently relies on CCTV surveillance to keep a check on the station corridors (from main entrance to security check). These corridors are often misused by the criminals and molestation, eve-teasing and snatching incidents in these deserted spots are on a rise.

A total of 159 metro stations in the city are manned by the CISF. Delhi Police looks after the investigation after a crime takes place in the metro stations. In a bid to facilitate the commuters in trouble, the police have installed booths inside the metro premises.

This year, as many as 17 cases of molestation have been reported by the metro commuters.

"While CISF is looking after the security of the Delhi Metro, it is only deployed in and around the paid areas. That is near the baggage-checking machines and the metal detectors. But every now and then the CISF officials do a recce in the entire premises that includes the jurisdiction till the main entrance/exit gate of the stations," a source said.

On the condition of anonymity, an official told Mail Today: "There are more than 6,500 CISF officials deployed for metro security and around 7,000 CCTV cameras have been installed in and around the stations." Delhi Metro has around 26-27 lakh daily ridership.

Both Delhi Police and CISF have asked the ministry of home affairs (MHA) to provide manpower to them for better security in the metro premises. The MHA has not sanctioned any of the proposals as yet, the source said.