A Delhi Police constable was arrested on Saturday on the charges of sexually harassing a young woman after she alleged a police station in south Delhi initially refused to even register her complaint.
The woman, who lives in Chittaranjan Park in south Delhi and works as domestic help, alleged that constable Niranjan Toppo, posted at the nearby Lajpat Nagar police station, had repeatedly abused her verbally in the past few days and tried to molest her sexually on Saturday morning.
Accompanied by her parents and relatives she went to the Chittaranjan Park police station in the morning but the officials reportedly refused to lodge a complaint against the fellow policeman. The family and relatives then protested and shouted slogans against police.
Senior police officers later directed the police station to register the case and arrest the accused policeman.
"Toppo used to regularly pass obscene comments at me when I refused to meet his demands. He molested me and threatened me with dire consequences. He said he is a police official and can do anything with my family," the victim alleged in her police complaint.
"When we approached the police on Saturday, they refused to register our complaint against Toppo," she added.
Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police NC Bundela told IANS: "We have taken immediate action and have suspended the policeman. He has been arrested under the appropriate sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC)."
The alleged refusal of the police staff to register the case goes against the guidelines set by New Delhi Police Commissioner YS Dadwal.
Dadwal had directed his staff at a meeting last month to give top priority to every complainant and deal severely with those found guilty.
Asked what action Dadwal will take against the erring police officials who had reportedly refused to lodge the complaint, Delhi Police spokesman Rajan Bhagat said: "The commissioner has been informed about the incident and appropriate action will be considered after the departmental inquiry.