French woman ‘molested by palmist’ in Varanasi

The Dashashwamedha police have registered a case and arrested the accused.

By: Express News Service | Allahabad | Published: June 15, 2014 1:10:41 am

A 26-year-old French woman has alleged a man claiming to be a palmist molested her on June 9 in Varanasi. The Dashashwamedha police have registered a case and arrested the accused.

Police said the French woman, who was staying in a guest house, came to the police station Saturday and alleged that a palmist, identified as Anshul Kumar Sharma (35) and living in Maan Mandir area near Dashashwamedha Ghat, had molested her when he invited her to his house on the pretext of telling her fortune by reading her hands.

“An FIR under different sub-clauses of Section 354 (outraging the modesty of a woman) of the IPC has been registered. The accused has been arrested,” said Station Officer (Dashashwamedha Ghat), B K Singh Yadav.

Preliminary inquiries have indicated that the woman, a tourist, has been in the city for the past several days. Sharma reportedly told the police that he had only held the woman’s hand.

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