A 15-year-old visually-challenged girl got a man, who molested her on a Mumbai local train, arrested.
However, she not only got him arrested, but also caught her molester’s hand, and twisted it till he was forced down to his knees in pain. The girl though visually impaired, had been trained in self-defence and karate.
The girl was on her way home with her father on Monday. They took the 8.15pm fast train to Kalyan from Dadar. The girl and her 56-year-old father boarded the compartment reserved for differently-abled people.
As per Prasad Pandhare, senior police inspector, Dadar GRP, who arrested the man, the accused, 24-year-old Vishal Baliram Singh, also boarded the same compartment. He stood right behind the girl and began touching her. The girl instead of panicking applied her presence of mind along with her physical combat strength, turned around and twisted Singh’s hand so hard, that he screamed. This got the attention of other passengers. Later the girl confronted him and told her father he was touching her.
“Until the train reached the next station, Matunga, the girl held Singh — much taller than she is — in a tight grip,” said Pandhare.
The officer said her technique was so perfect that Singh’s fingers would have broken if she had not eased her grip soon enough. Further the inspector also appreciated that she did not seem scared at all and boldly told them to arrest Singh.
When the train reached Matunga station, the girl’s father informed the GRP officers patrolling the platform and handed over Singh to them. Dadar GRP officers arrested Singh not just for molestation but also travelling in the handicap compartment illegally without a ticket.
The girl later said:
“We are always easy targets for creeps like Singh. Our school teaches us self-defence and karate as part of our curriculum, so we can face the world despite our disability. I want the man to suffer, to ensure he does not repeat the act with any other ‘easy target’.”
Singh is a resident of Mulund who works as a computer maintenance technician for a private firm. He has been remanded in police custody for two days.
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