The Bengaluru mass molestation was not the only shameful incidence of violence against women to have happened on 31 December. According to the police, an incidence of molestation occurred in Delhi too.
Two men molested a woman on a motorcycle, pulling her off the vehicle she was riding and then attacked the policemen who tried to stop the assault. According to the Indian Express, this incident took place at 11:20 pm on New Year's Eve, when a group of policemen saw two boys approach an unidentified woman who was riding pillion on a motorcycle with a man. The CCTV and mobile phone footage recovered by the police show a mob and the two suspects, one in a blue shirt and another in a yellow shirt.
The police have registered a case of molestation, even though the woman has not filed a complaint, and rioting, and have detained at least 24 men, mostly students.
"The officers were taking the two men to the Batra police post when they were surrounded by a mob," a senior police officer who was on duty at the time told the Indian Express. "During this time, the woman and her friend drove away as they were scared of the mob building up."
The CCTV footage shows the victim and her friend on the motorcycle and a few seconds later, a mob is seen running in the opposite direction with the police chasing them. Another video, shot on a mobile phone, shows many young men dancing and shouting on the street. According to the police, some of the men in the mobile footage were part of the mob that attacked the Batra police post.
"They immediately called their friends to the Batra Cinema police post and were shouting and carrying stones...They started to pelt stones at the police post. The mob also took away the two suspects from the police post," said the FIR lodged on the complaint of one of the policemen.
"We were standing in the balcony when we saw a huge group of boys start attacking policemen and throwing stones," said a 60-year-old, who lives near the police post. "My son called police and we all rushed back inside the house. Some boys have created a ruckus here in the past. This is not the first time they started a fight with police."
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