Crowd comes to rescue of Grab driver molested by 2 Nepali passengers

The two Nepali men lying bloodied after being apparently assaulted by bystanders who had come to the rescue of a female Grab driver. (Facebook pic)

GEORGE TOWN: Police arrested two Nepali factory workers yesterday after they allegedly molested a 27-year-old female Grab driver on their trip in Bukit Mertajam.

In the 5.30pm incident yesterday, the two men had boarded the woman’s Proton Saga car at the Bukit Mertajam railway station for a trip to a housing area in Juru.

The Nepali men, aged 23 and 29, had sat at the back during the trip.

Halfway through the trip, the 23-year-old man crossed over to the front passenger seat near Jalan Song Ban Kheng.

The man then proceeded to hold the driver’s arm and kissed her hand. He then later pulled her body towards him and allegedly touched her breasts.

According to the complainant, the man molested her twice, despite repeated warnings that she would drive them to the police station if they continued to do so.

The man ignored her warnings and proceeded to embrace her.

As this was taking place, his fellow 29-year-old countryman in the backseat threw up.

The panicked woman stopped her car outside Masjid Lebai Tahir along Jalan Bukit Minyak and stepped out, asking for help. A group of men nearby then confronted the two men and started assaulting them.

The incident was caught on video by a by-passer, showing the two Nepali men lying semi-conscious and bloodied by the roadside.

The men were later brought to the Bukit Mertajam Hospital for treatment.

Central Seberang Perai district police chief Nik Ros Azhan Nik Abdul Hamid said the case is being investigated under Section 354 of the Penal Code for assault or use of criminal force to a person with the intent to outrage her modesty.

He said the duo had been detained under immigration laws for 14 days pending the verification of their travel documents.

Police are also waiting for a medical report to find out whether the two had consumed alcohol or were high on drugs.