In another shocking incident against women in the national capital, a mob allegedly thrashed, “paraded naked” a woman for helping the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) and police bust an illicit liquor racket in outer Delhi’s Narela. What was more shocking about the incident that the victim was allegedly attacked by other women of the locality who were apparently involved in bootlegging, police said. Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal termed the incident as “shocking and shameful” and urged Lt Governor Anil Baijal to intervene and take action against local policemen who were allegedly colluding with those running the racket. A case has been registered by police under various sections of the Indian Penal Code against the women involved in the incident.
A video of the victim was shared by DCW chief Swati Maliwal on social media. She alleged the victim had tipped off the Commission about illegal liquor sale during an inspection in Narela area last night after which she was on Thursday attacked by a mob of over 25 people and was assaulted with iron rods. “Her clothes were torn and she was paraded naked in the area and the entire incident was filmed and the video was allegedly shared in the area by these criminals. The entire incident proves complete lawlessness and zero fear of law in the area and it is shocking that police did not take any action to protect these women,” Maliwal was quoted as saying by PTI.
In the video, the victim alleged that she was threatened and asked to not raise her voice against liquor mafia. “I was dragged and disrobed. A police personnel tried to stop them from meting out such inhuman treatment but he was also thrashed. They also said that they would do the same with Maliwal and other women who will oppose their actions,” the
A brave lady beaten & paraded naked in Delhi by liquor mafia, her video is made~all coz she dared to raise her voice against crime and helped DCW catch people selling illegal liquor in their home at 50 m from police chowki. Is there any law and order in Delhi? Shame @DelhiPolice https://t.co/IchXfXbv25
— Swati Jai Hind (@SwatiJaiHind) December 7, 2017
Maliwal summoned the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Rohini District, to appear before the women’s panel and submit an action taken report along with details of the FIR registered in the incident of attack on the woman, PTI reported. However, Rajneesh Gupta, DCP, Rohini, claimed the woman was beaten and her clothes were “torn a bit”, but she was not paraded naked. He further said the injuries of the victim are blunt but there is no fracture. The DCP also said that the woman had been associated with police in their action against bootleggers.
“मैं अपनी जान तो बचा ली पर अपनी इज्जत नहीं बचा पाई उन लोगों ने सबके सामने मेरे कपड़े फार दिए… मुझे नंगा कर दिया.. मुझे बहुत मारा.. मैंने कोई गुनाह नहीं कीया, मैं तो नशे के खिलाफ जंग लड़ रही थी” निडर महिला जिसने शराब और ड्रग माफिया को खुली चुनौती दी। pic.twitter.com/qaedkIwPF5
— Amit Mishra (@Amitjanhit) December 7, 2017
Meanwhile, Maliwal has also sought details of the FIRs registered over liquor being sold illegally in Narela and surrounding areas over the past five years. Kejriwal tweeted: “Utterly shocking and shameful that this is happening in the capital of India. I urge Hon’ble LG to immediately intervene, take action against local policemen and ensure everyone’s safety.”
Incident referred to is reaction and quarrel by some ladies of same JJ cluster as victim. Injuries simple as per MLC. Case already registered against accused ladies. Incorrect that Police Post is 50 Mtrs away. Nearest Police Post about 5Kms away.
— Delhi Police (@DelhiPolice) December 7, 2017
Maliwal said she had received a number of complaints from the women residents against the sale of illicit liquor and drugs in certain houses of the area. Local police had confiscated 300 bottles of liquor from a house in the area on Wednesday night after they were provided information about it by a DCW team. Maliwal said the house from where the liquor was seized was barely a few meters from the police post and “such illegal business is flourishing on a very large scale in Narela in full public view and knowledge of the local police”.
“It appears that the illegal activity of selling liquor in homes is occurring with active connivance and protection of the police,” she said in the summons to the DCP.
You are so shameless @DelhiPolice https://t.co/qs9E59JXXx
— Saurabh Bharadwaj (@Saurabh_MLAgk) December 7, 2017
However, Delhi Police said the incident was a “quarrel”. “Incident referred to is reaction and quarrel by some ladies of same JJ cluster as victim. Injuries simple as per MLC. Case already registered against accused ladies. Incorrect that Police Post is 50 Mtrs away. Nearest Police Post from place of incident is about 5 Km away (sic),” the Delhi Police tweeted. “This year so far the Delhi Police has stepped up action and registered 55 cases under the Excise Act in this area. Consistent action being taken against illicit liquor by local Police which will continue. Matter being further looked into by the DCP Rohini,” it added.
Maliwal responded to the tweets, saying, “Shameful 2 term incident as ‘quarrel’ when ppl who attacked, threatend her & DCW team in front of me last night. Also no MLC records someone’s insult on having been paraded naked! She has iron rod marks on body & is still hospitalised! Police Maalkhana is at 50 m, pl chk!”