Male Congress Worker Allegedly Molested Female Colleague During Rape Protest In Mumbai

Male Congress Worker Allegedly Molested Female Colleague During Rape Protest In MumbaiMumbai Congress President Sanjay Nirupam and President Rahul Gandhi in January. (Arijit Sen/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

A female worker of the Congress has alleged that she was molested by a male worker of the party during protests against rape in Kathua and Unnao, PTI has reported.

According to the report, the woman, who is a district-level party worker, informed Mumbai unit chief Sanjay Nirupam about the incident through a text message, who has promised to take action against those found guilty in the case.

“The workers of Youth Congress and NSUI (party's students' wing) stooped to such low level that they touched, pushed and shoved women workers in an inappropriate manner, making us feel unsafe among our very own party's male colleagues,” she reportedly wrote in the text message sent to Nirupam.

"Sadly, some male workers did this to us only to get ahead in the march so that their faces were captured by the media. I want to know if women workers will be safe in similar events held in future?" her text message said.

"This incident is very unfortunate and I condemn it. I told the woman that he would take action if she identifies the persons involved. I told her that if she wished, he would help her file police cases against the accused. But she told me there was too much crowd, so it won't be possible for her to identify them," Nirupam said after the incident came to light and the Congress found itself at the receiving end of criticism.

"She does not participate alone, but brings along with her over a dozen women members. I have apologised to her for the agony she had to suffer on Sunday. Male workers often rush ahead in any morchas, so that their faces can be seen on television cameras," he added.