Saturday, 19 August, 2017

Chandigarh stalking victim slams BJP leader for sexist remark

Chandigarh Police Stalking: DCW chief urges Centre to add 'relevant' sections
Hannah Rogers | 09 August, 2017, 06:49

The police have charged the stalkers only with stalking and drunken driving, two crimes for which bail is easily given, so they were bailed out within hours of being arrested.

While the local police intervened in time and caught Vikas and his accomplice, the Opposition has been alleging that pressure is being mounted to dilute the case. We are trying to get the CCTV footage. She did not give in and kept finding her way out every single time. We will join the investigation whenever required by the police.

He accused the media of conducting a "media trial" in the matter.

Ms Kher denied allegations the accused were allegedly shown leniency since one of them is related to the state BJP leader.

Barala' s 23-year-old son Vikas along with his friend Ashish Kumar was arrested on Saturday for allegedly stalking the woman.

She disclosed that the message that has gone down in the society is that if such a thing can happen to a girl coming from the privileged class who was travelling in a vehicle, the ordinary women on the street are definitely not safe.

According to reports, police sources claim that CCTV footage which could be an important piece of evidence in the case, is missing. And of course the fact that she was the Haryana Additional Chief Secretary Virender Kundu's daughter because of which probably the Chandigarh police responded faster than they normally would.

"It is unusual that the CCTV cameras of such high-profile areas were not working".

Speaking to NDTV, Varnika said the two tried to say "it was a mistake" after being caught by the police. Even as political leaders of various hues have been clamouring for the BJP government to take immediate and strict action over the incident, the Haryana BJP Vice-President Ramveer Bhatti once again turned to the familiar resort of victim-blaming.

A senior Union Home Ministry official told reporters that the Chandigarh police is a bare statement of facts.

"We have procured footage establishing that the victim was being chased by accused in a Tata Safari. Subject - Complaint regarding harassment and attempt to kidnap and outrage the modesty of a girl", reads the FIR.

This is a test case for Indian society that has grappled with very serious issues concerning women's treatment.

Kundu and AIDWA want the police to press harsher charges against the suspects.

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