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Vile subway attacks target women

LOCAL police are investigating a sexual harassment case in which a man is thought to have ejaculated on a young woman in crowded subway train and then escaped.

The incident occurred at the People's Square Station of Metro Line 1 at 8:15am yesterday, police said. They are asking witnesses to come forward. It was the third case this week in which young women have said they found semen-like liquid on their bodies during rush hours in crowded Metro trains.

In yesterday's case, the female victim, who declined to be named, said on her microblog on that a man kept leaning on her in the crowded train. She said she was wearing short jeans and felt something warm sticking to her.

"I thought it was someone's hot breakfast that was poured on my body, so I moved a little," the woman said. "I turned around and took a look at it and it shocked me."

The woman said the man, wearing a green T-shirt, ejaculated on her legs. She uploaded pictures showing the man was first caught by Metro security but got away as she tried to call the police.

"He tried to stop me from calling police," she said. "I even saw him wearing a wedding ring!"

On Monday, a 24-year-old woman named "Puccho" told Shanghai Daily she experienced a similar case on Metro Line 9.

"The train was extremely crowded during rush hour as everyone is leaning on each other's front and back," said Puccho. "I got on the train at Yishan Road Station and a fat man followed me into the subway car." Puccho said the man, sweating and panting, stood right behind her.

"Suddenly I felt something hard sticking to my right leg," she said. "I stared at the man in the reflection from the door's window, and he was looking at me too." Puccho said she moved forward and saw the man doing something with his private parts. After he exited at Guilin Road Station, she found semen-like fluid on her stockings.

She said the next day, a 25-year-old colleague of hers complained that she probably encountered the same man, who was busy zipping up his trousers when she turned around.

The two women said they were so terrified that they ran back to their workplace before alerting police. But the events should have been recorded by subway cameras, Puccho said.

With the rise in sexual harassment cases, many women are purchasing self-defense tools or even weapons on the Internet.

Some are designed with loud alarms, and some "weapons" look like cell phone accessories but have very sharp, iron tips, web vendors said. A Shandong-based vendor said he has sold 82 such items in the past week.

Local lawyer Wu Dong told Shanghai Daily he doesn't recommend weapons since injuring others may lead to problems under the law. He said women should scream when encountering anyone harassing them in public. Wu also called on witnesses to come forward.


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