A young woman was molested, threatened and chased by five men in central Delhi only a day after they were arrested — and let off on bail — on her complaint of stalking and sexual harassment.
The woman, 23, claimed the men tore her clothes and assaulted her mother, sister and a neighbour while they were out grocery shopping in the Punjabi Basti area of Anand Parbat at around 9.10pm on Sunday.
The attack was caught on CCTV and showed the women being chased and attacked with leather belts. When the neighbour came to their rescue, the men beat him with sticks.
A case was registered later that night and three of the men arrested on Monday for molestation — a non-bailable offence — stalking and criminal intimidation among other charges, the police said on Tuesday.
According to the woman’s complaint, she had approached the police earlier on Saturday morning after the five men passed lewd comments at her at a park and threatened her when she objected. She also alleged they had been following her around.
The five were arrested the same day for stalking, sexual harassment and threatening but let off as the charges are bailable.
After Sunday’s incident and fresh complaint, the three have been sent to Tihar jail for 14 days, the police said.
Anand Parbat was in the news last July for another stalking case that ended in tragedy with the stalker stabbing and killing his 19-year-old victim. The Delhi Police faced considerable flak for the case after it emerged the teen had brought the matter to their notice.