Days after the video of a woman being severely beaten by a man went viral on social media, a Delhi policeman’s son was arrested on Friday and charged with rape and criminal intimidation in two separate cases. The arrest came hours after Home Minister Rajnath Singh asked Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik to take necessary action in the case. The home minister expressed his concern on Twitter on Friday and said he spoke to the Delhi Police Commissioner over the matter.
“I have taken note of a video where a youth has been seen severely beating a woman. I have spoken to the Delhi Police Commissioner over the phone and directed him to take necessary action in this regard,” Singh tweeted.
एक लड़की को एक युवक द्वारा बेरहमी से पीटे जाने का एक वीडियो मेरे संज्ञान में आया है। मैंने @DelhiPolice कमिश्नर से फ़ोन पर इस बारे में बात की है और इस पर उचित कारवाई करने के लिए कहा है।
— राजनाथ सिंह (@rajnathsingh) September 14, 2018
The cases against the accused – one of criminal intimidation and molestation and the other of rape- were registered based on the version of two women, police officials were quoted as saying by PTI.
The first case was registered on Thursday following a complaint by the accused’s woman friend alleging that he showed her a video in which he could be seen thrashing a woman. She alleged that she was threatened with the same kind of treatment if she didn’t follow his instructions.
The second case was registered at a different police station after another woman, the one seen in the video, approached the police on Friday and alleged that the accused called her at his friend’s office on September 2 and raped her.
The police came to know about the viral video on September 13, according to an FIR lodged at a police station in North-West Delhi. Efforts were made to contact the girl seen in the video but she approached the police on Friday and gave a written statement. She has alleged in the FIR that the accused called her to his friend’s office in North-West Delhi and “made physical relations with her without her consent”. When she said that she will file a complaint, the accused assaulted her, she has alleged.
The accused was arrested under section 376 (Punishment for rape), 323 (Punishment for voluntarily causing hurt) and 354 (Assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) of IPC. The woman was sent for medical examination after the case was filed. Further investigation in the case is underway.