Metro groper under arrest
A man suspected of groping two females, including a minor, on a Metro train has been arrested, Shanghai Railway Transport Procuratorate said on Tuesday.
It is the first case of its kind in the city and is still under investigation.
According to prosecutors, between 6:23pm and 6:34pm on July 1 this year, the man, Wang, sat very close to the two victims on a Metro Line 8 train and touched their breasts.
One of the victims accused Wang of impropriety on the spot, whereupon he attempted to flee but was caught by other passengers and taken to the police.
It is very difficult to accumulate the necessary evidence in sexual assaults on public transport cases.
"Although Metro trains have surveillance cameras, they cannot see every corner during peak hours, so there are invariably blind spots," said Jin Ying, an official with the procuratorate. "Moreover, suspects involved in such cases usually deny the offence."
In an effort to reduce the incidence of such crimes, prosecutors are calling on women to report any assault, as offenders often rely on the victims' silence.
In the past five years, the procuratorate has charged 1,440 people in 1,320 criminal cases.
More than two thirds of the cases were thefts, while about 7 percent are generated disputes arising from collisions between passengers or disputes over seats during rush hours.
Most thefts happen as victims are getting on or off the trains or on the escalators.
Over 70 percent of the stolen items were cellphones, followed by wallets and public transportation cards.