Police arrest an alleged molester who committed a string of the offence on buses

A man who allegedly committed a string of sexual molestation acts against female bus passengers has been arrested by police at his lodging in Pathum Thani province.

The suspect whose name was not disclosed by the police is being held in custody at Bang Sue police station.

The suspect who regularly rides on buses to go to various places to distribute leaflets reportedly told police inquiry officers that he had repeatedly committed between 20-30 molestation acts during September-November by touching the breasts of female passengers usually on bus routes 8, 24, 28, 29, 97 and 510.

None of the victims filed complaint against him until a female student lodged complaint with the police together with a clip of her being allegedly molested by him on a bus, leading to his arrest.

Pol Maj-Gen Sompong Chingduang, deputy commissioner of Metropolitan Police Bureau, meanwhile, urged molestation victims to come forward to the police along with photos or video clips, if there is any.

If the victims chose to stay quiet, the molesters would continue such acts and more people would be abused, he said.

According to a recent study about sexual harassment on public transport in Bangkok by Thammasat University’s Faculty of Public Health, 35 percent of 1,654 respondents admitted that they were sexually harassed on public transport at least once.

Fifty percent of sexual harassment took place in public buses; 11.4 percent on taxi motorcycles; 10.9 percent in taxis; 9.8 percent in public vans; and 9.6 percent on elevated trains.

Thirty-five percent of the respondents said they used to witness sexual harassment on public transportation, but only 28 percent said they alerted the bus conductor about the incidents.