A Delhi University student was allegedly attacked by an unidentified man, who smashed two beer bottles on her head just outside her home on Sunday. The 19-year-old victim had to take five stitches on her head and hand after the attack and now, she claims, she is having to go from house to houses in the locality to collect evidence against the accused.
The victim, a second year student of sociology honours in Sri Venkateswara College, lives with her mother, a businesswoman in finance, in the Sant Nagar area of East of Kailash. They have lived at this address for the last 15 years.
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“On Sunday at around 10.45 pm, I went into the streets to meet my friends. I was talking on the phone. After coming out of my home, I felt that someone was stalking me as I heard footsteps. I had seen a man standing on the first floor. He had a beer bottle in his hand but I just ignored him,” the victim told The Indian Express.
She claimed that the man started walking behind her and passing comments. “I turned back and objected. The accused then smiled and smashed one beer bottle on my head. I was totally shocked and started screaming for help,” she said. She began to run towards her flat from the staircase, but the accused pulled her back, she said.
“While I was screaming for help, the accused smashed another beer bottle on my head. Before he could do more harm, my mother came out of our home and the man ran away. My mother made a PCR call and I was then taken to a nearby hospital,” the victim said.
Police later registered a case under Sections 323 (causing hurt) and 341 (wrongful restraint) of the Indian Penal Code at Amar Colony police station. “After registering the case, police started scanning the footage from a CCTV camera installed in the locality, but found no evidence. They first asked me to go with them in my injured condition to check the CCTV footage and identify the accused. But when the footage yielded nothing, they told me to gather evidence on my own,” she claimed.
“The doctor asked me to rest, but my mother and I have been going to the houses in our neighbourhood requesting everyone for footage from their CCTV cameras ,” she said.
DCP (south-east) Mandeep Singh Randhawa refuted these allegations and said a case was registered on the basis of the victim’s complaint and a probe is on. “We asked her to come with the investigators as she is the only one who saw the attacker. We have not asked her to collect evidence,” he said.