Mumbai: A weekend sojourn at picturesque Alibaug turned into a nightmare for a 39-year-old Italian national on Sunday.
Around 3.15pm, while taking a stroll on her own near the Kashid beach, the woman, who stays in Powai and works in a multinational company, was accosted by two unidentified men who sexually harassed her.
The duo passed lewd comments and tried to touch her. When the woman raised an alarm, the men tried to disrobe her, police sources said. In a desperate attempt to escape from the clutches of the two, she ran into the sea and started crying for help. Her cries attracted the attention of local villagers who came to her rescue and pulled her out of the sea.
Shaken by the attack, the woman returned to Mumbai the same day. She then approached the Gamdevi police station on Tuesday and requested the cops to file an FIR through the Italian consulate.
A top police official said, “We are investigating the matter and will ensure that the culprits are brought to book. We are in the process of filing an FIR and are in talks with the Alibaug police to expedite the process.” The FIR will be registered at Gamdevi police station and sent to Alibaug police for further investigation.
Police hunt for two men who assaulted Italian
Mumbai: A 39-year-old Italian woman living in Powai and working for a multi-national company who was sexually harassed by two unidentified men in Alibaug has filed an FIR through the Italian consulate. “We have just received the complaint through the Italian consulate. It’s a serious matter involving a female foreign national. The local police have been alerted and we are in the process of filing an FIR. We will take the description of the culprits and sketches would be prepared,” said a senior police official.
Police said a case under Section 354 of the Indian Penal Code will be invoked against the two unidentified assailants.
Two days ago, a Mumbai court convicted a 32-year-old salesman of a Colaba shop for molesting a Belgian woman and sentenced him to two years’ rigorous imprisonment.
The Times of India, April 2, 2014