2 held for harassing South Korean woman influencer in Mumbai
The Mumbai Police arrested two youths on Thursday for harassing a South Korean woman while she was live-streaming in the city's Khar West. The incident was captured in her stream on Twitch, an excerpt of which shows one of the accused harassers grabbing her hand, trying to kiss her, and dragging her towards their motorcycle as she resists his attempts by repeatedly saying no.
Accused offered her a lift
After she tries to walk away from the spot, the youth on a bike accompanied by the other accused approaches her again and offers her a lift. She denies it, saying in broken English that she stays nearby. The video excerpt was put up on Twitter by an Indian Twitch streamer, who tagged the Mumbai Police calling for action against the accused.
Woman described her horrid experience
Last night on stream, there was a guy who harassed me. I tried my best not to escalate the situation and leave because he was with his friend. And some people said that it was initiated by me being too friendly and engaging the conversation. Makes me think again about streaming. https://t.co/QQvXbOVp9F— Mhyochi in
Mumbai Police quickly jumped to action
Mumbai Police’s Khar Police station has taken a Suo Moto action in an incident that happened with a Korean woman (foreigner) in the jurisdiction of Khar West.— मुंबई पोलीस - Mumbai Police (@MumbaiPolice) December 1, 2022
In this regard, both the accused have been arrested and booked under relevant sections of the IPC.
Some people blamed the incident on her
The woman, Hyojeong Park, retweeted the video saying that she avoided escalating the situation as it was midnight and she was alone. She also mentioned that some people blamed the mishap on her saying she was "being too friendly". The Mumbai Police took note of the incident and contacted her, following which the accused were held on the charges of sexual assault.
Could happen in any country, she said
Talking to the media later, she said that this was her third week in Mumbai and she came to India a month ago. She said it wasn't specific to India and that she faced similar situations in other countries as well. She said the incident hadn't changed her perception of India, as she made many good memories, and wanted to tour the country more.