‘Disturbing’: Delhi women panel chief as video of a Japanese being groped on Holi goes viral

Mar 10, 2023 06:43 PM IST

In the viral video, a Japanese woman was seen groped by a gang of men who smeared colours on her wishing her 'Happy holi'. The woman slapped one of the men.

Delhi Commission for Women chief Swati Maliwal on Friday reacted to the viral videos of harassment on the occasion of Holi and said the DCW will issue a notice to the Delhi Police to examine these videos and arrest the perpetrators. "Completely shameful behaviour," Swati Maliwal tweeted. Many social media users, however, replied saying that some of the videos doing rounds were old.

The Japanese woman who was allegedly groped by a group of men tweeted photos of holi celebration.
The Japanese woman who was allegedly groped by a group of men tweeted photos of holi celebration.

According to reports, a Japanese woman was harassed by a group of men in Delhi and the woman posted and deleted the video. No police complaint was lodged. The authenticity of the video widely shared and condemned on social media was not independently verified by HT.

Delhi Police said it saw the video and wrote to the embassy for the details of the woman. The details of the men seen in the video is also being collected, police said, as reported by ANI.

“@NCWIndia has taken cognizance. Chairperson @sharmarekha has written to @CPDelhi to immediately file FIR in the matter. NCW has also sought a fair and time-bound investigation in the matter. A detailed report must be apprised to the Commission,” the National Commission for Women tweeted.

In the viral video, the men groped her and smeared colours on her. One man even smashed an egg on her head. The woman, as seen in the video, found it hard to leave the gang of men. But she continued saying ‘bye’ ‘bye’ in an attempt to exit that group. She smiled once on the camera and as one of the men again touched her, she slapped him and left the place.

Bollywood actor Richa Chadha too reacted to the viral video of the Japanese woman.

National Commission for Women member and BJP leader Khushbu Sundar tweeted, "Sickening. The woman has to send a notice to NCW."

The Japanese woman posted photos of the Holi celebration on Twitter. Many social media users commented on the reply section and asked her to file a police complaint. One used asked whether she was traumatised while playing Holi because, in the photos, she looked happy. The photos were posted on March 8. On March 9, the woman tweeted that she was supposed to go to Bangladesh but there was a mistake in the flight ticket and she will fly the next day, on March 10. It has been reported that the woman was travelling solo through India.

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