INDIA. Mumbai: In a suo moto action, the Khar police earlier this week arrested two youths on charges of molesting a South Korean woman YouTuber during a live stream in the Khar West area. The accused have been remanded to police custody.
An FIR (No. 1314/2022) has been registered, and the accused—Mobeen Chand Mohammad Shaikh (19) and Mohammad Naqeeb Sadrealam Ansari (21)—have been booked under Sections 354, 354-D, and 34 of the Indian Penal Code, a press release issued by the police on Thursday read.
The incident occurred when Hyojeong Park, a Korean YouTuber, was live streaming at Khar West in North West Mumbai at about 11.50 p.m. on November 30.
The accused pulled her, and one of them dragged her to his scooter. He was forcing her to sit on his scooter. The South Korean YouTuber shouted and opposed their attempts.
The video of this incident was shot by passersby, and one of them posted it on social media and also tweeted it on Twitter, tagging the Mumbai Police.
The next day, the police found out Park’s address and called her to lodge a formal complaint. However, the South Korean YouTuber said that she would do it later.
In the meantime, a female police constable, Sania Mulani, lodged the complaint on behalf of the police. The police traced out the accused at Patel Nagar and Bandra West and arrested them. They were remanded to police custody by the Bandra Metropolitan Magistrate.
Subsequently, Park, in a tweet, thanked the Mumbai Police for their prompt action in the matter. She admitted that she had experienced a similar scenario in a different country as well, but there the authorities did not act quickly enough.
Delivery boy nabbed
In another incident, the Khar Police arrested a delivery boy named Shahzade Sheikh (43) on charges of attempting to molest a woman while delivering her order.
The incident occurred when the complainant woman (25) ordered some vegetables at about 3 p.m. on November 30 through the Zepto app. The accused reached her place at about 3.30 pm. No sooner had she opened the door—even before delivering the vegetables—than he allegedly began video shooting her.
When she protested, the accused entered the house by pushing her and began abusing her. As she shouted for help, the security personnel of the building rushed to the spot and caught the accused.
The victim lodged the official complaint with Khar police the next day. She told the police that if she had not shouted for help, anything could have happened.
The offence (CR No. 1315/2022) was registered under Section 341 of the Indian Police Code. The police traced out the accused within 12 hours from his residence at Mumbra in Thane district.
When he was produced in Bandra court, he was remanded to police custody until Saturday. He was to be produced before the additional Metropolitan Magistrate for further remand on Saturday.