Woman sexually assaulted, paraded through streets in Delhi, 4 held: Police

Delhi: A 20-year-old woman was abducted, sexually assaulted, and publicly humiliated by her neighbors including men and women who paraded her on the streets of east Delhi’s Shahdara with her hair chopped, face blackened, and a shoe garland around her neck, police said on Thursday.

Four people have been arrested, police said. The incident took place on Wednesday afternoon.

Preliminary investigations indicate the woman and a boy belonging to the family of the accused were friends, police added.

“The boy committed suicide in November last year and his family is now blaming the victim. They have alleged that it was because of her he took the extreme step. To take revenge from her, they allegedly abducted her. They wanted to teach her a lesson,” a senior police officer was quoted as saying.

“We have registered the FIR under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code. We have arrested four accused persons who all are from the same family. The victim was given counseling and medical aid as well,” reports said quoting R Sathiyasundaram, DCP, Shahdara.

Condemning the attack on the woman, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said it was really shameful. “How did the criminals get so much courage? I request the Union Home minister and the LG to direct police to take strict action and pay attention to the law and order situation. Delhiites won’t tolerate such heinous crimes and criminals at any cost,” he tweeted in Hindi.

Meanwhile, The Delhi Commission for Women said it has sent a notice to Delhi Police seeking strict action against the accused after several videos of the woman being paraded were circulated on social media platforms.

“A 20-year-old woman was gang-raped by illegal liquor sellers who shaved her head, garlanded her with slippers, and blackened her face. I am issuing a notice to Delhi Police. All criminals, including women, should be arrested and the woman and her family should be given security,” DCW chairperson Swati Maliwal said in a Twitter post in Hindi.


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