Police officers in Lalbazar said the trend had been to "accept" any such incident as one of the hazards of using public transport. Not any longer.
A resident of Sovabazar Street in north Calcutta lodged a complaint against a neighbour, Surojit Roy, on Wednesday for allegedly making indecent remarks. He was arrested and taken to Shyampukur police station.
A 21-year-old college student who had been allegedly molested by an auto driver and his friend near Bansdroni last month has no regrets that she chose to file a complaint. "When I protested, there was nobody by my side. My only thought was, other girls should not suffer what I went through. People still say that the auto driver against whom I complained may harm me. But I don't care. Now that I have registered my protest, I feel much safer and confident," she said.
The driver had allegedly offered the student Rs 1,000 to "entertain him" after his friend molested her in the auto. She quickly got off at a stoppage before her destination and alerted people in the locality, resulting in the duo's arrest.