“The girl was travelling in the train with her brother. She alleged that the accused, who boarded the train at Dimapur station in Nagaland, was making obscene gestures at her. He then tried to molest her. However, she raised an alarm and was saved by other passengers. GRP later came on board and arrested the man,” said a GRP official.
The accused, who hailed from Maram Mathak village of Senapati district, was later handed over to Lumding police for further action.
In recent times, there has been a rise in instances of violence against women on trains in the state. The bodies of two women – both of whom have been raped and murdered – were recovered from the lavatories of trains in the state on two consecutive days last month.
“Though the numbers of trains have been increasing over the years, the strength of the railway force has not increased proportionally,” Assam Police director general Kuladhar Saikia had said. He added that state police would try to accommodate more personnel in the railway police force from its new recruits.