A 20-year-old Delhi University student’s post on Facebook of a man who allegedly harassed her, went viral and has resulted in the arrest of the accused. The girl was allegedly harassed by a youth in west Delhi’s Tilak Nagar area.
After reporting the matter to police, the girl uploaded the photograph of the accused on Facebook with the post soon going viral.
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The accused, identified as Sarabjit Singh (26), has been arrested and booked under Sections 354A (punishment for sexual harassment) and 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of IPC, said a senior police official.
Singh is a resident of the Paschimpuri area of west Delhi.
DCP (West) Pushpendra Kumar also said that Delhi Police have announced a cash reward of Rs 5,000 for the girl, a final year English literature student.
According to police, the matter was reported at around 8 PM yesterday and an FIR registered.
In her complaint, the girl told police that she was confronted by the accused at a traffic intersection in Tilak Marg, where he allegedly passed lewd remarks at her with several others looking on.
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The girl’s post also earned her praise from Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. See his tweet below:
The woman reportedly took a photograph of the number plate of Singh’s motorbike and, when she was about to take a photograph of the accused, he posed for it, despite being told that she was going to report the matter to police. He later sped away, said the police official.
Meanwhile, Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief Swati Maliwal condemned the incident and said it was shameful that people stood watching and did not come to the girl’s help.
“She went to the police and registered her complaint despite threats. Such cases affect the whole of society and systems. This is not an individual case. We have to see the four pillars of our democracy.
“Whenever such cases happen, they affect the pillars, judiciary and police. It is very shameful that 20 peole were standing and watching… that is wrong. Why didn’t they think if she were to be their sister or daughter,” Maliwal told reporters here.
The latest post is not the first one to go viral on social media. More and more women it seems are taking to the platform to share experiences of harassment and are no longer afraid to name and shame.
In May, this year, another girl named Prerna Pratham Singh had taken screenshots of the offensive Facebook messages she received from one man named Raushan Kumar in her Others folder.
Prerna’s post had also gone viral and seen an outpouring of response regarding the harassment that women in India continue to face. Even the Delhi Police had offered her encouragement and asked her to file a complaint. The accused, on the other hand, had claimed that his account had been hacked and he had not really sent those offensive messages.
More recently an IAS officer named Riju Bafna, had shared a Facebook post recounting the trauma she had to go through when trying to record her statement against a Madhya Pradesh Human Rights Commission official, who had sexually harassed her.
“When I said to Judicial Magistrate that he should be careful of presence of other people when a woman is giving statement under sexual harassment case, he said that you are young and that’s why demanding such things,” she had written.
In her post, Bafna questioned the kind of insensitivity that ordinary women would have to face, given that she, a privileged IAS officer had to face such apathy as well.
For women in India, Facebook appears to be the new way to expose those who are harassing them.
(With inputs from PTI)