"Police were called to the crime scene."
Dubai, June 23 - An Indian expatriate Monday denied charges that he had molested a woman on a Dubai Metro station escalator, a media report said.

The Indian, identified only as J.K., 26, has been accused of groping a 40-year-old Indian woman when he drew his body close to hers from the back on an escalator in a Dubai Metro station in Jebel Ali area in March, Gulf News reported.

The defendant entered a not guilty plea before the Dubai Court of First Instance Monday.

I did not molest the woman. I was on the escalator when I slipped and lost my balance. Then I bumped into the claimant by mistake. I did not intend to touch her, the defendant was quoted as saying.

I was using the escalator when I felt the defendant drawing his body unnecessarily close to mine from the back, The victim, in her testimony before the prosecutors, said.

I was angered by his behaviour and turned immediately to him... when I did so, I lost my balance but I did not fall. Then he grabbed my right hand but I pulled it away quickly, she added.

When he groped my top, I got angry and scolded him loudly, the woman said.

Police were called to the crime scene.

The court will pronounce judgment July 21.


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