Bengaluru: One person was arrested today in connection with alleged kidnapping of a northeastern girl in Bengaluru.
The accused is 24-year-old and has been identified as Akshay and is a cab driver by profession.
On the night of April 23, a 25-year-old woman was dragged and kidnapped in public view in Bengaluru. The girl was on a phone call outside her paying guest accommodation when the attacker approached her from behind and clutched her before taking her to an under-constructed building nearby.
According to the woman, the abductor attempted to rape her but she somehow managed to escape from the attacker. Surprisingly, the incident took place in a public view and none of the passer-by came for help while the woman kept on screaming.
"Bystanders watch while I cried for help. None of them tried to rescue me from the abductor," she told ANI.
"I started shouting and he tried to shut my mouth. I bit him to save myself. I fell unconscious after he repeatedly punched me," she told reporters. "My friend did not hear me screaming as they were watching TV," she said on being asked why none of her PG friends reacted when the incident took place.
Manjula Manasa, Chairperson of the Karnataka State Commission for Women, assured all assistance to the victim. "Senior police officials should and will have to take action," she said. The woman said she felt the man's intentions were to sexually assault her, as he did not try to steal any of her belongings.
"I feel this because I had a bag, purse and mobile with me and he did not target it. I think his intention was to sexually assault me," she said.
Asked about police response, she said police asked her to file a case, but the owners of her paying guest suggested against it, saying it may cause problems for her. "I think they did that fearing bad name for their PG," she said.
In the visuals captured, two people on a 2-wheeler are seen passing by at the time in the footage. But they continued on their way without any halt.
The woman, who is believed to be from Manipur and works at a beauty clinic in Bengaluru's Kalyan Nagar area called for an action on the matter and said that she can identify the attacker if he is produced before her.
"I will identify him if I see him. I want the person to be arrested as soon as possible," the victim of Bengaluru kidnapping case told CNN News 18.
The girl has called for a justice on the matter. "I want the justice as soon as possible," she said.
The woman has also alleged that the police took no action against the accused and even refused to register a complaint in her case. The cops eventually registered a case after the woman was forced to produce the CCTV footage.
DCP (South) Lokesh Kumar said he only got to know about the incident after it was reported in a TV channel, adding that investigation was now underway.
The woman had left her PG room the next day and the owner was under the impression she would have filed the complaint. He came forward to file one after getting know that none had been made so far, the DCP said.
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