They are called protection officers. But on Saturday evening, protection officer Parmesh Tokas couldn’t protect herself.
Five women of a family locked her in a room and assaulted her when Tokas, a court-appointed officer, had gone to a house in Kishan Garh to serve a summon.
Protection Officers are social workers appointed by the courts, in cases of domestic violence, to assist them in filing inquiry reports.
The police have arrested two women on charges of assaulting a government employee on duty.
Tokas, an officer from the Southwest district, was discharged from the hospital early on Sunday morning. She had received serious injuries all over her body.
Talking to Hindustan Times, Tokas said being abused by family members of the accused or getting threatening calls is common for them.
But this is probably the first case of physical assault. There are a total of 15 female protection officers across Delhi.
She said in the past she and several of her female colleagues have written to the authorities concerned about their problems.
But they have not got any respite so far, she added.
As per the FIR registered at Vasant Kunj police station, five females family members of the accused mother, two sisters and two others, beat her up with sticks until the police came to her rescue.
The accused women also tried to attack the pregnant daughter-in-law who had dared to file the complaint.
She, however, managed to escape and informed the police. The daughter-in-law is now admitted in a nearby hospital.
Police have arrested Khajani Deivi, mother in the accused, and a relative Satwanti. They were produced before the Duty Magistrate on Sunday.
A case of assault and use of criminal force to deter a public servant from discharging of duty has been registered against them.
Tokas went to serve summons to accused Dharmender for a case hearing on September 10.
When Tokas reached their Kishan Garh house and asked for Dharmender, his mother Khajani invited her in.
She then offered Pramesh water and asked her to sit in a bedroom that was in the extreme corner of the house.
“When I refused, the mother-in-law along with another woman pushed me inside a room. They then locked the room and started beating me up. Three more women relatives joined soon,” said Tokas.