A young British woman was allegedly molested by a 35-year-old man on the busy Link Road in Oshiwara on Monday evening.
According to the police, the 26-year-old woman was in an autorickshaw with friends, also foreign nationals. They were heading to a hotel, when the man stepped up to the vehicle and touched her inappropriately.
She raised an alarm and as the man tried to get away, she got out of the vehicle and chased him.
Passersby, hearing her shout, followed them.
“Some constables who were passing by on their rounds saw the commotion near Mega Mall and joined the chase. He was caught in a few minutes and taken to the police station,” said Nasir Pathan, senior inspector at Oshiwara police station.
The police identified the man as Gaurav Gupta. They said Gupta is a resident of Mira Road and is employed as a salesman with a snacks manufacturing company. The incident happened around 7.30pm.
Gupta has been arrested and charged under section 354 of the Indian Penal Code for assault and using criminal force against a woman with the intent to outrage her modesty
The woman, who has been in the city for about two months, is working in films and lives in Oshiwara.
Victims from distant lands
2013: A 35-year-old Ukrainian, who is in a rickshaw, is molested by a 32-year-old biker at Meghwadi in Jogeshwari in January.
2012: A Spanish woman in her late twenties is raped at knifepoint at her Bandra home in November
2012: A Russian ballerina is molested by unidentified men in Worli in October as she is walking with two men from her dance troupe. The woman, a dancer, was in India on an invitation from the external affairs ministry.
2010: An Irish journalist is molested at a hotel in Colaba in September
2009 A 29-year-old Slovenian is molested by a 51-year-old man in September as she is leaving a South Mumbai temple
–Compiled by dna Research N Archives