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Metro to crack down on molestation cases

SHANGHAI Metro police said they will crack down on molestation cases on subways after a series of such crimes this year and a recent case that hinged on a video clip that caught public attention.

Police said they can find suspects quickly through surveillance cameras now used by the Metro system. Patrols of trains and stations will also be strengthened, police said yesterday.

Metro police said they had handled 13 molestation cases this year.

In widely circulated video footage posted online, a man was caught fondling a woman who had dozed off on a train. The man has surrendered to police.

In the early June video clip that sparked an outcry over abuse and threats to women traveling alone on the Metro, the suspect faces short-term detention of 5 to 10 days.

The 36-year-old suspect, surnamed Ling, was caught on camera fondling a woman passenger's breast while seated on a crowded, rush-hour train on Line 2 on June 6, police said.

The footage, believed to have been shot by a passenger on a cell phone, was posted online and went viral.

The woman in the footage went to police to talk to them about the incident after the video was posted. She said she was not aware of what was happening at the time he was molested.

The woman's family also accused the man of being a frequent abuser said the punishment in such cases was "quite light." They sought additional victims through their posts on the Internet.

Four frontal pictures

Police said the surveillance cameras will be used to take four frontal pictures of each rider, which will help catch suspects quickly.

Metro police are also increasing security checks at the 280-plus stations citywide. No pets are being allowed in the Metro.

The officers said they would also confiscate goods transported by delivery services that are carried on the subway illegally. The goods should go through the scanning machines first, and the couriers and the companies involved should be clearly identified on packages.

Police said this year they have seized more than 1,100 pieces of contraband, including knives and petroleum products. They also caught eight fugitives on the run.


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