Woman attacked with blade on suburban train

Less than a month after a woman was molested on a western railway train, a 28-year-old American national travelling from Churchgate was Sunday assaulted and attacked with a blade by an unknown person inside a suburban railway train near Marine Lines. The assaulter had boarded at Churchgate and had been watching her from the adjacent general first-class compartment, said officials.

The victim, Michel Mark, working with an NGO, was on her way home at Goregaon and had boarded the ladies first-class compartment towards the motorman's cabin, said officials. An unknown person is believed to have stepped inside at Marine Lines railway station and snatched her AppleiPhone, according to B N Shirsat, deputy commissioner of police, Western Railway.

Mark received four stitches in the forearm, officials from the Government Railway Police (GRP) said.

"When she resisted, the accused slashed her... using a small blade hidden inside his fingernail, the kind often used by pickpockets," Shirsat said. The accused disembarked at Charni Road, according to Mark's statement.

She was alone in the compartment at the time of the attack and there was no Government Railway Police (GRP) constable inside the train, an official confirmed.

Mark, in a state of shock at the time the statement was recorded, told police that the accused boarded at Churchgate and was sitting alone in the adjacent general first-class compartment. He was allegedly observing her while she was working on her iPhone and got off the train at Marine Lines station to cross over to the ladies' compartment, added an official.

She was in shock but she is now stable, officials added. "She got down at Grant Road and called for help but no one came forward. Passengers inside the second class compartment prodded her to get in and later accompanied her to the stationmaster's room at Mumbai Central. The stationmaster made an announcement following which we went to her her aid," said Rajendra Trivedi, senior police inspector, GRP, Mumbai Central.

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