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Metro police on the hunt for train molester

LOCAL Metro police are on the lookout for an alleged molester who was pictured touching a woman's leg on Metro Line 9 on Monday.

A passenger in the same train captured the incident on his phone camera and posted it online on his microblog.

The pictures by the blogger, with the screen name "dafeige," clearly shows the man, wearing a pink T-shirt, fondling the woman wearing shorts and sitting next to him.

When the woman got up from the seat to avoid him, the man did the same, the blogger wrote. The face of the man can be clearly seen in the pictures.

After the posting went viral, many netizens blamed "dafeige" for taking pictures and doing nothing to stop the molester.

"Dafeige" explained that while he was taking the pictures, he was also waiting for the woman to react or shout at the molester, before he could step in.

"What if the woman said she didn't feel anything if I confronted the man alone? That would have put me in an embarrassing situation," the blogger said.

He said he tried to help the woman and showed her the pictures later but she wasn't keen on pursuing the matter.

"She not only declined to call police but also told me not to post the pictures online," "dafeige" said.

Police have dealt with 13 molestation cases so far this year as they are trying to stem the rising incidences of sexual assaults on the city's Metro networks.

In a widely circulated video footage posted online in early June, a man was caught fondling a woman who had dozed off in a Metro train.

The man, 36, surrendered to police later but faced only days of detention.

The video clip sparked an outcry over abuse and threats to women traveling alone on the Metro.

Police have vowed to crack down on molestation cases on subways with more patrols in trains and at stations.

The molesting suspects can be identified through the newly fitted surveillance cameras, police said.

They hope the victims would come forward and "break their silence while witnesses could offer a helping hand instead of just taking pictures."


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