French girl molested, friend beaten

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KOLKATA: A French girl was molested and her companion beaten up by a bunch of rowdies in the posh Lake Gardens area in the wee hours of Sunday.

The news came to light on Monday when the only suspect arrested in the case got bail in court because the police did not charge him under the newly amended Section 354 IPC for making sexual advances at a foreigner.

The couple are students in Kolkata and were returning to their house in Jodhpur Park around 2.30am when four rowdies accosted them at the crossing of Panditya Road and Lake Gardens. They made lewd comments and gestures at the woman. When the man resisted, they beat him up and molested the girl.

Police arrested one of the suspects, Kamal Naskar, a resident of Rahim Astagar Lane, after the French youth lodged a complaint with Lake police station around 3.30am. Naskar was charged with causing hurt and making lewd comments under Sections 323 and 509 IPC which are bailable. Had he been charged under the new Act, it would have been difficult to get bail. DC-southeastern division Debobrata Das said their investigation was on.

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