In this story one wonders whether to be moved by the victim’s courage or get shocked by the audacity of the perpetrator of the crime.
Radhika Sharma (name changed) was beaten black and blue in full public view but she held her ground. The accused was none other than a 56-year-old sub inspector in the Delhi Police.
The 23-year-old employee of an event management company was on her way home from work last week. She took a shared auto rickshaw to her house in Karawal Nagar, northeast Delhi. Sitting next to her was Sub Inspector Brahma Singh (56), posted with the Roop Nagar police station in north Delhi.
Singh molested her in the auto and later abused and beat her when she objected. “He even threatened to get her killed,” claimed the victim's father.
“He kept misbehaving with my daughter in the auto. But when he was getting off at Bhajanpura, she raised an alarm. He slapped her and then started abusing her,” he added.
He said his daughter then called the PCR van. At this the accused policeman called his sons and relatives and started beating her in front of people.
“More than 200 people had gathered there but no one helped her. Soon the policeman and his family dispersed in the crowd,” said the father. But the victim waited for the PCR van at 10 in the night.
The police began asking people if they knew of a policeman who lived in the area and someone reportedly guided them towards Singh's house. Sharma identified the policeman once they reached the house. The accused was taken into custody.
S.S. Yadav, deputy commissioner of police (northeast), said, “A case was registered and the accused policeman has been arrested. We are looking into the case.”
A senior police officer said, “The victim even argued with the policeman saying being such an elderly person, he should behave himself. The accused did not budge.”
A case for molestation, hurt and criminal intimidation has been registered at Sonia Vihar police station.
The victim’s father said, “What shocks me is that he did all this wearing his uniform. His job is to protect women.”