Three teenagers threatened a 46-year-old woman with a butcher knife while she was travelling in a first class ladies compartment between Wadala and CST on the Harbour line aruond 4 pm Tuesday. The teenagers,aged between 12 and 16,escaped at Masjid station before passengers could nab them.
Bhavna Sharma,a journalist by profession,registered a complaint with the Government Railway Police (GRP),CST. She recalled that she boarded the train at around 3.55 pm. She was alone in the compartment after two co-passengers got off the train at Cotton Green station. The teenagers boarded the train at Cotton Green station,she added.
After the train left Dockyard Road station,she heard them saying chain. However,Sharma said that it did not occur to her that they were hinting on the gold chain that she was wearing.
The boy who appeared to be the youngest among the three suddenly took out a butcher knife and inched towards her in a bid to threaten her,Sharma said. In order to protect herself,she threw her shoe at him and yelled for help. On hearing her cry for help,some male passengers from the adjacent compartment rushed to the spot. While the boy hid the knife,the other two feigned ignorance.
I cannot imagine that kids are attempting such things,and that too in broad daylight. I am scared to think about the safety of women commuting at night or early morning, said Sharma.
Officers at GRP CST said the case will be handled by GRP Wadala which investigates law and order cases between Wadala and Reay Road. They added that CCTV footage at Masjid station will be scrutinised to trace the teenagers.
Last month,a 30-year-old man was arrested for molesting a woman on the Western line.