New Delhi: The Delhi Commission for Woman (DCW) chief Swati Maliwal on Thursday raised questions at the women’s safety in the national cpaital after alleging that she was molested and dragged by a car near AIIMS, here.
“Late last night I was inspecting the situation of women’s security in Delhi. A car driver molested me in an inebriated condition and when I caught hold of him, he locked my hand in the car window and dragged me. God saved life. If the Chairperson of the Women’s Commission is not safe in Delhi, then imagine the situation,” tweeted Maliwal.
कल देर रात मैं दिल्ली में महिला सुरक्षा के हालात Inspect कर रही थी। एक गाड़ी वाले ने नशे की हालत में मुझसे छेड़छाड़ की और जब मैंने उसे पकड़ा तो गाड़ी के शीशे में मेरा हाथ बंद कर मुझे घसीटा। भगवान ने जान बचाई। यदि दिल्ली में महिला आयोग की अध्यक्ष सुरक्षित नहीं, तो हाल सोच लीजिए।
— Swati Maliwal (@SwatiJaiHind) January 19, 2023
However, the Delhi Police has arrested a person identified as Harish Chandra hailing from city’s Sangam Vihar in Delhi.
DCP South Chandan Chowdhary stated that Maliwal said she was with her team outside the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here at around 2.45 am. She has alleged that, at that time, the accused approached her in an inebriated state.
The DCW chief allged that the accused stopped his car where she was standing and “made indecent gestures” at her. Then he asked Maliwal to sit in her car through his gestures.
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When the DCW chief reprimanded him, the man allegedly went away but returned a short while and again repeated his actions, police said.
“She was standing with her team at Gate number 2 of the AIIMS which falls under the Kotla police station area. According to her, when she was standing on the footpath, a white-colored vehicle approached her whose driver offered her a lift and started insisting that she sit inside the car.
“When she refused again and went near the driver’s side window to reprimand him the man rolled up the car’s glass window and her hand got stuck and she got dragged for about 10-15 metres,” the DCP Chowdhary said.
The police official said that a PCR call was received at around 3.12 am and a police team including ACP Hauz Khas reached the spot at around 3.20 am the accused was apprehended.
“The police took a written complaint from Maliwal and sent her and the accused for medical examination,” the DCP added.
A case was registered under the IPC in which Sections of molestation (354) were also included. Other sections include 323/341/509 IPC and 185 Motor Vehicles Act.
Further investigation into the matter is underway.