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Ten molest girl in Barasat

An 18-year-old girl was surrounded by a group of 10 youths, abused and molested near Barasat station on Friday night in a chilling parallel with the stripping of a girl by a mob in Guwahati earlier this month. The rogues also slapped and shoved the girl's father, who had rushed to her help, before being chased away by angry local residents, unlike in Guwahati where the hapless victim was at the mob's mercy for almost half an hour. Two of the Barasat molesters have been arrested.

The place where the girl was attacked, near Platform No.1, wasn't far from the spot where Rajib Das, a schoolboy, was murdered on February 13 last year as he tried to shield his sister, a call centre employee, from drunk goons. The victim, a class XII student of Barasat's Priyanath Girls High School, and her friend were returning home from geography tuitions when they the group pounced on them. The girls were headed for the overbridge to cross over from Noapara to Banamalipur when the group, seated on a bench front of a tea stall, first taunted them and made lewd comments. The remarks were targeted specifically at the girl.

She first ignored the taunts but protested as the barrage of abuses refused to stop. At that, two youths blocked her path and another tugged at her hand. The scared girl called her father who was manhandled by the molesters. They fled only when residents gathered.

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