4 DDA officials booked for raping colleague, woman says they used video to blackmail her
The victim has said in her complaint that the men first raped her in the HRD centre of the DDA office in Vasant Kunj and later at a house in Gurgaon.delhi Updated: Dec 14, 2017 11:14 IST
Four Delhi Development Authority (DDA) officials, including a director, have been booked for allegedly raping and blackmailing a woman colleague for the past three years.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) Romil Baaniya said a case of rape and molestation was registered against the accused at Kotla Mubarakpur police station on Tuesday night. No arrests had been made till Wednesday evening.
The DDA has also initiated an internal probe into the matter, said a senior authority official.
In her complaint to the police, the woman said she had joined DDA in 2014 after her husband’s death. She claimed that she was first raped in the HRD Centre of the DDA office in Vasant Kunj. She was also raped in a house in Gurgaon.
She also claimed that the accused had not only sexually assaulted her but also filmed the act to blackmail her and she was also threatened that if she would not conform to their demands, the video would be made public.
“She has also alleged in her complaint that the accused threatened to kill her and her son if she told anyone about her ordeal,” said a police officer. She also apprehended that the men might have deleted CCTV footage of the places she was taken to and could have deleted records of her entry to the HRD room in a register used to maintain attendance.
The woman first approached her seniors in DDA with the complaint, in which she had also accused the four men of non-payment of salary. She claimed that she had not been paid her dues for the entire period that she has worked with DDA.
In her complaint to the police, however, she said she was uneducated and the men occasionally paid her “paltry sums”, assuring that money would be credited to her bank account.
“We are verifying the claims and accusations. We will get her statement recorded before a magistrate. The complaint was received on November 28, and after analysing its contents, prima facie a case was made out. We will also look into the allegations of non-payment of salary and the accused will be called after the statement is recorded,” added Baaniya.
DDA director (personnel) Rajiv Gandhi said the allegations are being probed by the agency”s internal committee on sexual harassment, which was yet to submit its report.
“An internal committee was constituted on November 30 to probe the incident. The panel is meeting daily and would submit its report soon after which we can take any action,” he said.
First Published: Dec 14, 2017 11:14 IST