Police have arrested one chikan and are hunting another after the pair joined an online chikan mash-up on a train to grope a woman egging them on from a chikan forum – only to find out they were victimising an innocent woman whose clothing and position on the train mysteriously matched the instructions left for them on the forum.
The 26-year-old Osaka man had been frequenting a “Kinki” chikan fetish forum for those interested in groping and being groped, when he came upon a post by “Yui” asking if there was anyone who could come and grope her on the front carriage of the 07:10 Kokawa-Kainan Wakayama line service.
She provided regular updates to board visitors about her choice of clothing and which carriage she could be found on, providing such fastidious warnings as “It’s the realism that makes it exciting, so I’ll be sure to put up a bit of a fight at first, don’t take any notice!” and soon had takers asking they “could watch or participate,” which she informed them was OK “if you obey the rules and have proper manners.”
On the appointed day she informed the board that “I’ve got on the back of the first carriage, I’m wearing a flesh-coloured skirt, blue blazer and have a brown bag,” and that they “should come on up without asking and touch me for real.”
Board denizens following these posts from the train itself apparently took these instructions to heart and proceeded to grope the woman whom they thought matched the description.
The 26-year-old man approached a woman sat in a box-type seat by the window, and took a seat next to her where he began to persistently touch her nether regions despite her protests. A man stood nearby also joined in and began groping her breasts from behind.
She asked them to stop, but was ignored – until she raised her voice further and the man stood behind her decided to flee and got off the train at the next stop.
At this point the 26-year-old also stopped, turning his back on the woman, but the eyes of the rest of the carriage were on him, and he rode on the train until the last stop, at which point the woman turned him over to station staff.
He maintains that he was attempting to take part in the encounter organised on the board, but the woman says she was not a user of that esteemed site and did not even have her phone on her person when the incident occurred. so there was no way she could have reported her presence to the board.
The admin of the board proved only too willing to cooperate with authorities, saying that “As you all know, one of our users was recently arrested. The IP, host name and user agent of the user responsible for this incident have been recorded, so we will provide them to the authorities should they request them.”
As for the man who got away, police are appealing for leads from anyone who may have seen him (apparently not having worked out that he was most likely one of the board’s users as well).
They also say should they somehow be able to track down the person apparently responsible for posting the woman’s details to the site so she could be mobbed by chikan whilst the poster presumably watched from a safe distance in a state of some excitement (or possibly amusement), they will be prosecuted for the crime of instigating a chikan attack.
The national experts on chikan-affairs are as keen as ever to provide some valuable opinions:
“This is the most idiotic thing I have ever heard.”
“I don’t even know where to start, my brain has just seized up.”
“As if anyone really wants to be chikaned?”
“The poor woman who got mixed up in this must be traumatised…”
“Since you can use Tor easily enough on Android, as long as the culprit isn’t a complete moron they’ll never catch them.”
“Please don’t believe such dangerous posts!”
“This is what you get for watching too much AV.”
“From the description the poster gave of the victim, they must have been in the same carriage at least…”
“Interesting if the culprit knew the woman pointed out as a victim.”
“Could also be that she was the poster but didn’t fancy the pervs she drew this time and dobbed them in. It’s not like the cops would search the victim, so how would anyone know whether she had a phone on her?”
“Or did the guy who fled point her out and then use the other fool as a decoy?”
“This is as bad as someone calling the number on toilet wall…”
“Real life is more like an eroge than the eroge.”
“Expect an ero-manga of this incident soon!”