Engineering grad molested on moving bus by cleaner

Engineering grad molested on moving bus by cleaner

A 19-year-old engineering graduate was allegedly molested by a cleaner of a private bus that she had taken from Shivamogga to Bengaluru on January 14, 2019. DH file photo

An engineering student from Shivamogga was allegedly molested by the cleaner of a private bus on her way to Bengaluru on January 14. Her relatives got so angry that they ambushed the bus the next day. The woman herself led the charge and beat up the driver as the cleaner had absconded. 

The 19-year-old woman had gone to Shivamogga, her hometown, for weekend holidays. She had to return to her college in Hoskote on January 14. Accordingly, she boarded the bus in Shivamogga on the night of January 13. Around 1.15 am, as the bus reached Sagara, the cleaner is said to have inappropriately touched her while she was asleep on the bus. 

The traumatised woman called up her father and narrated the incident. He calmed her down and asked her to attend college the next day as she had an exam to take. 

The next day, the woman’s family ambushed the bus at Goraguntepalya, Tumakuru Road. They looked for the cleaner but he was not to be seen. They ended up assaulting the driver, Manjunath H, 45, with the woman beating him with her slippers. 

The driver filed a complaint against the woman and unidentified men at the jurisdictional RMC Yard police station. The woman filed a complaint of sexual harassment. Police have registered both the FIRs. 

A senior officer said that since the alleged molestation occurred in Sagara, the case would be transferred to the jurisdictional police station.