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Nine arrested in Rampur molestation incident, five absconding

31 May 2017 | By Gogona Saikia
Rampur: Gang molests women in broad daylight

Police have till now arrested nine people in the Rampur molestation case, where 14 youths are seen molesting two women in broad daylight.

One of them is 16 years old. Search is on for the remaining five.

"This is very serious and sad. We will try that this kind of incident doesn't get repeated in future," said UP ADG Law and Order Aditya Mishra.

In context: Rampur: Gang molests women in broad daylight

IncidentRampur Youths molest women in broad daylight, post video online

A video of two women being molested by a group of youths in broad daylight in Uttar Pradesh's Rampur went viral on social media.

Fourteen boys are seen harassing the women, grabbing and groping them, even as they plead to let them go.

One of them recorded the incident and posted it online.

31 May 2017Nine arrested in Rampur molestation incident, five absconding

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