Chandigarh stalking: Will move court if charges diluted, says woman’s father
Haryana IAS officer, in Facebook post, also says that family members of the suspects should not be blamedindia Updated: Aug 08, 2017 22:12 IST
The Haryana IAS officer whose daughter was allegedly stalked by a senior BJP leader’s son and his friend has said that he will move court if charges against the duo were “diluted”.
The victim’s father made the remark in a post on social media, where he also said that he wanted the accused to be appropriately punished, “...not over punished, but definitely not under punished either”.
The Chandigarh police have faced criticism for not booking the two for attempted abduction, which is a more serious allegation than the stalking and drink-driving charges. Attempted abduction would have made it impossible for the accused to have secured bail from the police within hours as they had after the incident on Friday night.
The accused are Haryana BJP chief Subhash Barala’s son Vikas (23), and Ashish Kumar (27).
The police, which reports to the Union home ministry run by the BJP government at the Centre, has said the current charge is based on the statement of the women. “We have sought legal opinion on what sections can be added,” said Eish Singhal, SSP, Chandigarh.
“We are a professional investigating agency and are definitely not under pressure,” Singhal added.
Opposition political parties such as the Aam Aadmi Party and the Congress have accused the BJP of trying to shield the suspects.
The victim’s father, in his Facebook post, said, “we will not interfere with the investigation or the prosecution, just as we do not want the accused to influence the investigation in any way. The police and prosecution should be allowed to do their job”.
“We will join the investigation whenever required by the police. We will contest in the court if we feel the charges are diluted or inadequately framed,” the bureaucrat said in a Facebook post.
He promised the people who were supporting his family that, “WE SHALL NOT, EVER, BACK OUT OR STAND DOWN, irrespective of hardships or pressures”.
The IAS officer said the accused being law students were fully aware of the consequences of their action.
The officer added that families of the accused were “not to be blamed”.
“It is unfortunate that the families of the accused have to face hardship. We do not hold them responsible for the crimes of these men,” he said.
Terming the incident as a “cut and dried” case, the bureaucrat said there would be something wrong in the society if the system failed to deliver justice.
“In a cut and dried case like this, where there is nothing hazy or unclear in terms of actions or identities, if the system fails to deliver justice, then there is something deeply rotten in our society, our government and our country,” he said.
“The issue is, does our country allow a woman to live as a free and equal citizen, and if she is wronged, does it give her enough confidence to even claim justice? If not, we are no better than a lawless, barbaric society,” he further wrote on Facebook.
His daughter, 28, has said that she was followed by the suspects on Friday night for five kilometres. The woman was rescued by police, whom she hailed for responding promptly.