A 25-year-old female home guard was molested inside a moving low-floor DTC bus in Madhu Vihar on Wednesday morning.

The victim, who is posted at a police station in East Delhi, had boarded the bus plying on route number 534 (between Anand Vihar and Mehrauli). As the bus neared the Balco Apartment bus stand in IP Extension, a man started molesting her.

The victim, who was not in uniform, resisted the attempts, but he did not stop. He even threatened to abduct her.

At this, fellow passengers intervened, caught hold of the accused and gave him a sound thrashing. The accused suffered a fracture in one leg.

The passengers also directed the bus driver to stop the bus and one of them called up the Police Control Room. The accused was handed over to the police. He was later identified as 32-year-old Ranjit, a resident of Preet Vihar.

A case was registered at the Madhu Vihar police station under sections 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) and 354 (assault on woman with intent to outrage her modesty) of the Indian Penal Code.

Ranjit was later taken to a hospital, where he was treated for the fracture. Further investigations are on.

Since the gang-rape incident last month, which sparked off country-wide protests, this is the second case where a woman was allegedly molested inside a bus.

Earlier on December 30, a 16-year-old girl travelling in an Orange Cluster Scheme bus was molested by a drunken conductor of another bus at Mandi House.

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