A day after a 32-year-old businesswoman was allegedly molested by a drunken man at central Delhi’s Lodhi Gardens, the police strongly denied allegations of ‘any kind of laxity’ on their part.
On Monday, the victim, who operates an import-export business of scarves at south Delhi’s Maharani Bagh, had told Hindustan Times that the Delhi Police Control Room (DPCR) was only able to despatch a PCR van to the park after 20 whole minutes of her calling on ‘100’.
“It is a matter of our record that the PCR van, on dispatch, had reached the site in five minutes on receipt of the call,” said Deepak Mishra, special commissioner of police (law and order).
“While it was alleged that the PCR operator was wasting time, struggling to understand the victim’s location, the conversation…lasted for about 2 minutes…which is a reasonable time to get the details from the perplexed victim,” Mishra added.
Citing the recorded conversation between her and the PCR operator, the police said the operator had not asked where Lodhi Gardens were but, in fact, where in the vicinity of the sprawling public park she happened to be.
When contacted on Tuesday, the victim, however, maintained that the PCR had reached the spot after 20 whole minutes of her having sought assistance from ‘100’. “I wasn’t even molested. The man had simply tried to outrage my modesty. Plus the police were extremely helpful,” the victim further clarified on Tuesday.
The police, on their part, said that the accused, later identified as Anand, had been transported to the Tughlak Road police station in a PCR van and not by the victim in her own vehicle.
“It was PCR van V-28 which transported the accused in the emergency vehicle to the Tughlak Road police station,” special CP Mishra said.