A woman in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad died while attempting to chase a man who had flashed and made obscene gestures at her on September 9. The 34-year-old woman was unfortunately hit by a speeding car on the Delhi-Meerut Expressway.
On September 28, the accused was identified as Ankit Chaudhury, a former CRPF constable, and taken into police custody. The accused, whose identity and whereabouts initially remained unknown, was nabbed by scrutinising all the CCTV footage on the expressway and gathering facts pertaining to the case.
UP Woman Chasing Harasser Dies In Car Accident
The woman identified as Santa was working in a nearby field with another woman when a man with a bike used to stalk her and harass her by making obscene gestures including flashing at her while she was working in the fields.
According to the FIR registered on September 27 at Masuri police station, the woman attempted to confront the accused on September 9, who fled towards the expressway. The woman tried to catch hold of his shirt, but he pushed her away and was run over by the speeding car.
The woman was immediately rushed to the hospital by the woman who was with her and a random car driver. She was subsequently transferred to GTB Hospital in Delhi, where she battled for her life. However, three days later, she succumbed to her injuries on September 13.
The car, which was allegedly overspeeding, has been marked, and advance legal action is being taken, according to a statement posted on the official X (formerly Twitter) handle of the commissioner of police of Ghaziabad.
Meanwhile, the woman’s relatives have blamed the highway authorities for the incident, questioning how two-wheelers gained entry on the Delhi-Meerut Expressway.
Further investigation revealed that several other women from the village had faced similar harassment from the accused person in the past.
Based on the complaint register, the police have registered cases under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), such as Section 354a (pertaining to sexual harassment involving unwelcome physical contact and advances), Section 509 (related to intending to insult the modesty of a woman through words, gestures, or actions), Section 323 (concerning voluntarily causing hurt), Section 279 (relating to reckless driving), and Section 304a (addressing causing death by negligence).