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Caught on CCTV: Woman abducted, escapes rape bid

In a shocking incident, a woman was dragged and kidnapped in public view in Bengaluru. The act was caught on CCTV camera installed in the area.

A young woman in south Bengaluru was abducted and dragged to an under-construction building by an unidentified man, who allegedly tried to rape her. But despite the victim approaching the police on April 23, the night of the incident, the police filed a case of kidnapping and attempt to rape only Monday. That too after a local news channel aired the CCTV footage of the incident, which took place outside girl’s paying guest (PG) accommodation in Katriguppe. The news channel was approached by the PG accommodation’s owner, Manjunath.

The CCTV video, accessed by The Indian Express, showed the victim walking towards her PG accommodation at 9.49 pm. As she stopped to take a phone call, she was attacked from behind by a man wearing a cap, who then dragged her to the nearby building. The camera also captured the movement of vehicles and people at the time of the incident. While few youths, who heard the victim screaming, slowly approached the spot first, others gathered near the scene subsequently. The 25-year-old victim, a native of Manipur, claimed that the accused tried to sexually abuse her, but fled after he noticed people gathering near the spot.

She said she escaped after biting the accused’s hand.

According to the victim, police arrived at the spot after the accused had fled, but left without filing a complaint. She, however, added that her relatives and the PG owner had discouraged her from registering a complaint.

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After the CCTV footage was aired, it grabbed the attention of state Home Minister Dr G Parameshwar, who immediately asked senior police officials to take action in the case. The victim works with the telemarketing department of a private firm. While the victim said she had no idea who the attacker was, police suspect involvement of a local resident of the area.

DCP (South Division) Lokesh Kumar Monday held an emergency meeting with the sub-division ACP, the police inspector of the area and other staff.

“It has been found that the police visited the spot and also asked the girl to file complaint. But, due to some reasons she has not filed complaint. If we find that policemen were negligent or did not follow the standard procedure, we will take action,” said Lokesh Kumar.
He added that a case had been registered against an unidentified accused under the provisions of Section 365 (kidnapping or abducting with intent secretly and wrongfully to confine person), 354 A (physical contact and advances involving unwelcome and explicit sexual overtures), 341 (punishment for wrongful restraint) and 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt) of IPC.

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