Mall staffer held for sexually harassing colleague

 An employee of a mall has been arrested for sexually harassing one of his colleagues and blackmailing her with the mobile phone footage of the sexual act with her.

The 17-year-old girl is working as a sales girl at the Sansar Shopping Mall in Kundalahalli. On Tuesday, she lodged a complaint with the Mahadevapura police alleging sexual harassment and blackmail by her colleague Aziz Ashraf, 24, at the workplace. Ashraf hails from Mangalore and works as a senior sales manager at the mall.

In her complaint, the girl alleged that on November 17 afternoon, Aziz gave her some sweet. She fell unconscious after eating it.

The next day, Aziz misbehaved with her and when she tried to wriggle out he started blackmailing her with the mobile phone footage that he had recorded, sexually abusing her when she had fallen unconscious the day before. He told her that he would upload the video on the Internet and circulate it if she did not co-operate with him, the girl said in her complaint.

She then suffered sexual harassment at his hands for weeks and when she could take it no longer, she informed her elder sister about Aziz. Her sister brought the girl to the police station and made her lodge a complaint, she said. The Mahadevapura police have arrested Aziz and confiscated his mobile phone and the footage.

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