A day after four Ugandan women were forced to undergo a medical examination at AIIMS for suspected drug use, the women lodged separate complaints with the police against unnamed AAP volunteers, alleging they were abused, groped and beaten while being held captive.
Late Wednesday night, Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti and AAP volunteers landed in Khirki Extension — a part of his Malviya Nagar constituency in south Delhi —saying he had received “information” on a prostitution-and-drug ring. He demanded police conduct medical tests on foreign nationals and even search a house, without a warrant, which some locals believed was a den of vice. He rebuked a police officer for refusing to act without following due process.
Early Thursday morning, the Malviya Nagar police took four Ugandan women to AIIMS for a medical examination. The tests ruled out consumption of any psychotropic substances. One of the women told The Indian Express on Thursday night that they were encircled while returning from a party and held captive for over three hours.
On Friday morning, the women approached the police with separate complaints against unnamed AAP volunteers and sought police protection. No case has been registered yet.
In their complaint letters, the victims alleged that they were beaten by the men. “The complaints state that the women were touched inappropriately by partymen who held them captive. The women stated that the men called them names, abused them saying they indulged in illegal activities,” a police officer said.
The women, the officer said, claimed that the men made racist comments like being “tired of the blacks” and how they want them to “leave the country”.
“I have a lot to complain and we are not going to sit quietly. When I asked the men why they were subjecting us to this torture, they punched me in the face and said ‘you will know why very soon’. Despite our refusal, we were forced to undergo the painful test. How can they say that we are involved in a drug-and-prostitution racket? Just because we are black?” one of the women said.
Doctors at AIIMS confirmed that the women were examined on the basis of “written applications from the police to test for psychotropic substances” and that urine samples had tested negative for such substance.
The medico-legal examination of the four women, according to hospital records, was conducted on the basis of applications by a sub-inspector from Malviya Nagar police station and registrations were done between 5.17 am and 5.20 am.
AIIMS medical superintendent Dr D K Sharma said: “The urine sample was negative for drugs. Police personnel from Malviya Nagar station came to us with a written request to conduct medical examination to confirm consumption of psychotropic substances. Female doctors conducted the examination as per protocol in a private area. No invasive examination was conducted.”
Police sources said they submitted an application saying medical examination should be conducted since Law Minister Somnath Bharati suspected that the women had consumed or possessed psychotropic drugs.
Hospital sources said the women were asked to submit blood samples but they refused. “They consented to urine samples, so only those were taken,” the sources said.
Asked about the hospital protocol for medical examination, Dr Sharma said: “In all medico-legal cases, police personnel come to us with requests for medical examination. If there is a written request from police on the basis of suspicion, and we are asked to confirm that by medical examination, we perform it. If there is any requirement of invasive examination like in a case of rape, or drawing of samples, consent is always taken.”