A female traffic warden on duty near Kathrikadavu was abused by a motorist here on Saturday morning.

The officer was directing traffic on the road when a car stopped by and the driver of the vehicle got out and approached her.

The warden reported to the police that the man hurled obscenities at her and grabbed her by the shirt before leaving.

The traffic warden noted the vehicle number and reported the incident to the police.

The Town North police have registered a case in the incident. Police said they had identified the owner of the car, a resident of Kaloor, but had not been able to speak to the person as he was out of town.

City police commissioner K.G. James said the police were taking all crimes against women very seriously. “The investigation is going on and we will take necessary action,” he said.

This is the third case of abuse of women in public spaces in the city to come to light in the past two weeks. A young woman was molested by two crew members of a private bus while she was travelling in the bus two weeks ago.

One of the accused was arrested while the second is still absconding. Another woman was abused allegedly by a Crime Branch officer while she was waiting for a bus at the Vyttila mobility hub here last week.

The officer was placed under suspension from service pending investigation.

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