A man was caught on video sexually harassing a woman on an MTR train, with the latter unaware of what was going on.
The video clip posted on Facebook shows the man appearing to sniff and lick the woman’s hair behind her back a dozen times, news website hk01.com reports.
The man, in his twenties, is seen leaning forward, his lips close to the back of the head of the woman who is wearing a pair of headphones.
The video was taken by a passenger who said he was not sure if the two knew each other.
After the woman got off the train, the passenger asked her if she knew the man.
It turns out the man was a complete stranger.
The man appeared composed and calm throughout and could have harassed other women also, the passenger said.
Meanwhile, there have been 120 incidents of indecent assault and upskirt photos in the first six months of 2016, according to Legislative Council records.
The figure is up 20 percent over the corresponding period in 2015.
Concern over these increasing incidents have led to calls for female-only compartments on MTR trains similar to the practice in Japan and Taiwan.
Also, there are suggestions to designate cars for women, children, seniors and the disabled at certain hours of the day.
Barrister Albert Luk said the man could be charged with common assault if it is proved that he had touched the woman.
If the contact was made on the woman’s sensitive parts, it could constitute an indecent assault, which could result in 10 years’ imprisonment.
Even if no contact was made, Luk said the person could still be charged with loitering causing public annoyance. The penalty is six months in prison.
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