Sexual Harassment Case Against ‘Drunk, Abusive’ Congress MLAs On Train

Bhopal: A woman travelling in a train in Madhya Pradesh has filed a sexual harassment case against two Congress MLAs.

The woman, who was travelling with her infant on the overnight Rewa-Habibganj Rewanchal Express, alleged that the two men were drunk, used abusive language and harassed her, Hindustan Times reported.

She called up her husband to inform him of the ordeal that she faced. The husband then tweeted seeking help for his wife.

Railway Police personnel boarded the train at Sagar and helped the woman, informed GRP Sagar in-charge PK Ahirwar.

An FIR was registered against Satna MLA Sidharth Kushwaha and Kotma MLA Suneel Saraf, under Section 354 of IPC which deals with assault or criminal force to outrage modesty of a woman.

The woman stated in her complaint that she was travelling from Rewa to Bhopal with her seven-month-old son in H-1 (AC first class) coach.

“At around 11.50 pm, two men, Siddharth Kushwaha and Suneel Saraf, were having dinner in front of my seat. They were continuously using abusive language. One of them touched my shoulder and offered food. I did not say anything because they were drunk. They again touched me. I requested them not to touch me and use abusive language, but they didn’t stop,” she alleged.

Kushwaha dismissed the allegation as baseless.

“The woman was travelling with a baby, so I very politely offered my seat to her. Suneel ji offered her food as courtesy. I don’t know why she felt offended and filed a complaint,” said Kushwaha.

The GRP in-charge said they came to know about the woman’s harassment from Jabalpur control room.

“An assistant sub-inspector and constable boarded the train and changed the seat of the woman. They recorded her statement and lodged an FIR,” Ahirwar said.

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