Woman beats up ha­rasser in mar­ket

Hindustan Times (Gurgaon) - - Metro - HT Cor­re­spon­dent htre­porters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NEW DELHI : The video of a young woman beat­ing a man, who had al­legedly ha­rassed her at a mar­ket in cen­tral Delhi, and drag­ging him to the po­lice sta­tion has gone vi­ral on so­cial me­dia.

The 21-year-old col­lege stu­dent said that on Fe­bru­ary 25, when she had gone to Ghaf­far mar­ket in Karol Bagh with a friend, two men ha­rassed her by pass­ing ob­scene com­ments. She al­leged that the two men fol­lowed her across the mar­ket. Po­lice have ar­rested the ac­cused, Man­ish Ku­mar and Ab­hishek, and reg­is­tered an FIR against them.

This is the sec­ond in­ci­dent of a col­lege stu­dent al­leg­ing ha­rass­ment in a pub­lic place. On Fe­bru­ary 7, a Delhi Univer­sity stu­dent al­leged that a mid­dle-aged man mas­tur­bated in front of her in a mov­ing bus. Po­lice are yet to iden­tify the man whose pho­to­graph taken by the woman has been pasted across all po­lice sta­tions in the city.

In the lat­est case, the video shows the 21-year-old woman drag­ging the man by his col­lar. “There were three men in a rick­shaw. Two of them were con­stantly pass­ing lewd com­ments and mak­ing ob­scene ges­tures. The third man did not do any­thing. Ini­tially, we tried to avoid them but they kept stalk­ing us. Two of them even fol­lowed us around while pass­ing such vul­gar com­ments,” she said.

The woman said that when she con­fronted them, they abused her af­ter which she caught one of them by the scruff of his neck and thrashed him.

The man is seen beg­ging for for­give­ness in the video.

“Passersby helped me in nab­bing the man. I had called up the po­lice con­trol room but be­fore the cops reach­ing the spot, a traf­fic of­fi­cial spot­ted me on the road and of­fered help.

The traf­fic po­lice­man caught hold of the man and with the help of a passerby, took us to the po­lice sta­tion,” she said.

The woman’s com­plaint was recorded at Karol Bagh po­lice sta­tion. In or­der to trap Ab­hishek, po­lice made Man­ish call him and tell him that the woman had with­drawn her com­plaint and was ready for a com­pro­mise. As soon Ab­hishek reached the po­lice sta­tion, he was also ar­rested.

“I want to thank the po­lice and lo­cals for help­ing me nab the two men. This is not the first time that I have been ha­rassed on the road but I de­cided to hit back this time be­cause de­spite be­ing ig­nored, they per­sisted and fol­lowed me,” she said.

DCP (cen­tral) MS Rand­hawa con­firmed that the two men have been ar­rested. Po­lice said the two men are res­i­dents of Charkhi Dadri in Haryana, around 100 kilo­me­tres from Delhi. The duo told po­lice they were col­lege stu­dents and had come to Karol Bagh to get their lap­top fixed.

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