Lulu mall groping case: Retired teacher surrenders in Bengaluru court

The accused was identified as Ashwath Narayan

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The accused, who allegedly groped a woman inside the Lulu mall in Bengaluru in a shocking incident recently surrendered before a local court on Thursday.

The accused was identified as Ashwath Narayan, 61, a retired school teacher. He had surrendered before the third Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) Court at around 5 pm.

Narayan is a resident of Basaveshwara Nagar. He worked as the headmaster at Sri Virabhadra High School in Dasarahalli.

A video of the man groping women had gone went viral in social media on Sunday. The incident took place in Lulu Mall at Rajajinagar.

Yeshwanth Jayaprakash, who shot the video, said he saw him touch four to five women inappropriately before he was caught on the camera.

"Initially, I thought it must have happened by mistake...But 10 to 15 minutes later, I saw the man move near a group of women and touch them. I understood that something was wrong," Jayaprakash was quoted by Deccan Herald.

Though Jayaprakash alerted the mall security and the management, Narayan could not be found in the mall. Later the police was informed.

K.K Shereef of Lulu International Shopping Malls filed a complaint with Magadi Road police after he came to know about the incident.

After the police identified the accused, Narayan, who was later granted bail, had fled after locking his house.

A case has been registered under Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections 294 (obscene acts and songs), 354A (sexual harassment and punishment for sexual harassment) and 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman). 


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