Two men on a motorcycle grope two women walking down a dimly-lit street in the Vijaynagar area Photograph: (WION)
Two men on a motorcycle grope two women walking down a dimly-lit street in the Vijaynagar area
CCTV footage of a woman being groped by a biker in Bengaluru points towards a disturbing increase in crimes against women in one of India's safest cities for women.
The incident, which comes almost two months after the mass molestation of women on New Year's Eve in the city took place in the evening in the city's Vijaynagar area, media reports said.
The video shows two women walking on a deserted street. Two men on a scooter approach them from behind and the one riding pillion tries to grope the woman near him.
No complaint has been filed so far. The police say they are looking for the accused, the victims and the person who has uploaded the video. A senior police official MN Anucheth says that one can ascertain whether the crime was a case of robbery or molestation only after the witnesses and the accused are examined.
Incidents of molestation are on the rise in Bengaluru.
Numerous women were assaulted by gangs of men on New Year's Eve in the city's prominent areas MG Road and Brigade Road.
Three more cases of molestation subsequently came to light.
A woman was molested by a man on a scooter near her home in the city's Kammanahalli locality on New Year's Day. The Bengaluru police arrested four men in connection with the incident.
Two incidents were reported from the Southern Indian city, days after the New Year's molestation incidents.
A woman was allegedly molested by two men while on her way to the gym on January 4. A 23-year-old woman was allegedly assaulted near her home on January 6.
The New Year's Eve incident, which took place despite the presence of 1500 police personnel, sparked condemnation, after the state home minister G Parameshwara blaming them on "Western ways" and his insensitive remarks that "such incidents do happen on New Year's day and Christmas."
There was widespread outrage after the attacks, especially because the police were seen as not doing enough.