Bengaluru: The woman who was molested on New Years’ eve at Kammanahalli in Bengaluru, has reportedly identified the prime accused. The identification comes after two months.
The woman identified several men, including Aiyappa and Lenin alias Leno – who had followed her on a bike and molested her – and others in the gang, in an identification parade held at Parappana Agrahara central prison in Bengaluru on Tuesday.
Though police had nabbed all the six accused days after the incident, they had failed to convince the woman to be present for the identification parade.
Aiyappa (19), Leno (20), Sudesh (20), James (20), Somashekar (24) and George (23) are the six accused in the case.
On Tuesday, the identification parade was held in the presence of an inquest official – a tahsildar.
In the best interest of the case where the crime committed was clear on CCTV footage and had sparked nationwide outrage, we did not want the case to dangle loose with the victim’s non-cooperation, which was mainly due to her own security concerns.
Police had organised an identification parade at the prison three times in the past, but the woman did not appear, reportedly due to fear of her identity being compromised. According to a report in India Today, the woman had even shifted her house following the incident.
The Hindu reports that the Banaswadi police assured the woman that her identity would be protected.