A morning trek turned to be traumatic for a 23-year-old management student of a Mathikere college when she was cornered by four men outside her hostel around 6 a.m. Friday.

The gang initially tried speaking to her before attempting to force her into the car.

The student resisted and screamed for help but it was many terrifying minutes for her before someone came that way. The sight of a male passerby spooked the gang into releasing the girl and fleeing in the car.

A shaken Sneha (name changed), a native of Rajasthan, told The Hindu she was returning from her friends’ house to the hostel. “I could not understand what they were saying as I don’t know Kannada. I believe they were drunk and any action by me would have only provoked them further.”

She also said that girls from her college routinely endure indecent behaviour from passersby on that stretch of road.

A security guard stationed at the hostel emerged a full 10 minutes after the incident. Sneha said she filed a complaint at the police outpost outside the college and later at the Sanjaynagar police station.

A senior police official said footage from the CCTV installed near the college gate has yielded some leads. Deputy Commissioner of Police (North) S.N. Siddharamappa, who visited the spot, assured his support to the girl.

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