Protest after bus molestation

A student at Rajabazar Science College was allegedly molested in a moving bus on Thursday morning. The girl got off the bus before it came to a halt near Sealdah station to escape her tormentors and walked to college, around 2km away.

Hours later, students at the college blocked one flank of APC Road for nearly three hours. The blockade was lifted after the college authorities lodged a police complaint.

"She is traumatised and could not give her statement to the police," said Amit Roy, the secretary of Rajabazar Science College, who lodged the complaint on behalf of the victim.

According to the complaint, the victim had boarded a Sealdah-bound bus from the Dharmatala area.

"The passengers started getting off as the bus approached Sealdah station. The girl too was about to alight when eight to nine youths, apparently drunk, started speaking in filthy language," said an officer of Amherst Street police station, quoting the complaint. "One of the youths pulled at the girl's sweater as she was getting off the moving bus."

Guards at the college said the girl reached the campus and attended some classes before the students took to the street citing "lack of police surveillance" in the area.

"We feel unsafe while returning home. We cannot stand in front of the college in the evening without being harassed by local youths," a research scholar said. They alleged the police had not taken any action when another student was molested near Sukeas Street six months ago.

"We have received a complaint. Investigation has started," said Gaurav Sharma, the deputy commissioner of police (north division), after visiting the spot.

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