Balasore: A woman thrashed a youth in public for allegedly passing lewd comments near Baringia square along Bahanaga-Gopalpur main road here on Tuesday.

The accused youth has been identified as Santosh Behera, a native of Bhishnupur.

According to reports, the woman was walking with a little girl, when the youth who was filling petrol in nearby petrol pump made indecent gestures to her and passed lewd comments to her and followed her on his bike.

Following which she raised and alarm, and with the help of locals they caught hold the Santosh and thrashed him.

Though the youth begged apology to the girl, the locals handed over him to the police.