Police in Delhi have arrested a man who allegedly abused a student on the road and challenged her to complain against him, but he said on Tuesday that he had been wrongly accused of harassment.
The man, who was on a motorcycle at the time of the alleged incident around 8pm on Sunday, was booked for sexual harassment and criminal intimidation, said police officials.
“The accused was aware that police was looking for him and as such was on the run. We nabbed him from the same area (Tilak Nagar)," joint commissioner of police Dependra Pathak said on Monday.
"He has been taken to the police station. More information will be shared with the media after investigation.”
Police said Delhi University student Jasleen Kaur was allegedly abused by the man at a traffic signal in Tilak Nagar area of west Delhi.
An FIR was registered against the man under several sections of the Indian Penal Code.
"A man made obscene comments at me today (Sunday) at around 8 pm near Aggarwal, Tilak Nagar. He was on a silver Royal Enfield...When I told him I am clicking his picture and I'm going to file a complaint against him, he responded by posing for a picture and said, ‘Jo kar sakti hai kar le. Complaint karke dikha, fir dekhiyo kya karta hun main (Do whatever you like. Complain and see what I do then)’," Kaur said in a Facebook post.
She said what disturbed her more than the man’s “obscene” remarks was that 20 passersby heard what he said and no one intervened. “No one stood up for me,” she said.
Kaur said the man made the “obscene” remarks after she pointed to a red traffic light and said he should have stopped so that she could cross the road.
In a Facebook post made early on Tuesday, the man identified as Sarvjeet Singh, said people had heard just “one side of the story” without asking any questions.
The man said he was on his motorcycle at a red light in when Kaur asked him and a few others to stop. The man wrote: “I told her: ‘I have to take a left turn, so why do I need to stop? I’m not even jumping the red light. If you want to go ahead, you can.’ That is all I said. She then took a picture of me and my bike, and said, ‘When police will come to your place, you’ll know.’”
The man acknowledged that women “are often harassed, but that does not mean an issue should be made out of something like this”.
(With inputs from agencies)