Another woman attacked in Kerala train

published on February 18, 2011

Barely a week after a woman rail passenger was pushed out of a local train and allegedly raped, Railway Police have arrested a 23-year-old youth in another incident when he tried to misbehave with a young woman passenger on board the Thiruvananthapuram-Mangalore express.

The woman passenger was asleep on the top berth late on Sunday night when she felt someone trying to embrace her. She screamed for help and the other passengers, who were all asleep, immediately woke up. The incident occurred as the train was nearing Ernakulam station.

The youth, who managed to escape, was found hiding inside a toilet and was arrested by the railway police force personnel. A case under Section 354 of the Indian Penal Code has been charged against him, railway police said.

The accused Antony Suresh, hailing from Kanyakumari, was produced before the Judicial First Class magistrate court and remanded to 14 days judicial custody. Last week, Sowmya, 23, was pushed out of the ladies compartment of the Erankulam-Shornur passenger train and raped by the accused.

She had at least 100 wounds all over her body and police suspect that the accused hit her with a sharp edged weapon or stone, which resulted in the fracture of the skull bone and jaw bone. After fighting of her life, Sowmya succumbed to her injuries on Sunday.

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