In an enraging incident reported from Delhi, a rape survivor was paraded by women from her locality who blackened her face and chopped her hair off. According to reports, the woman was also made to parade with a garland of slippers around her neck. The incident was brought to light by Delhi Commission for Women Swati Maliwal who shared the video of the horrific incident on her Twitter. She also added that she has issued a notice to the Delhi Police to arrest the accused women and to give protection to the survivor and her family.
Reportedly, the 20-year-old survivor was allegedly kidnapped and gang-raped by three men who are allegedly involved in the trade of illegal liquor and drugs. The DCW chief met the survivor who told her that while she was being raped, women were present who were instigating them to do so.
If India is no country for women, then Delhi is rightfully its capital. In 2020, the national capital showed a slight drop in crimes against women against 2019, possibly because of COVID-19 induced lockdowns. However, Delhi still ended up topping the U/Ts when it came to the number of rapes reported. According to a National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) Delhi registered as many as 10,093 cases of crimes against women in 2020, a 24.65% drop when compared to 2019 when it registered 13,395 such cases.
Meanwhile, Delhi reported 997 rape cases, highest among all U/Ts. The fact that several such cases are not even reported by women, adds to the fact that the situation in the national capital is grim at best, horrifying, to say the least
The Facts of the Matter
Delhi Commission of Women chief Swati Maliwal shared a horrifying video on Thursday morning which showed an alleged rape victim being paraded by a group of local women who can be seen cheering on the whole ordeal. Reportedly, the woman’s head was shaved, face was blackened, and was was made to wear a garland of slippers around her neck by the accused women. While the motive of the incident is still not confirmed by the police, its being speculated that the crime was committed over ’personal enmity’.
Taking to Twitter, DCW head Swati wrote, “In Kasturba Nagar, a 20-year-old girl was gang-raped by illegal liquor sellers, made her bald, wore a garland of slippers and turned her face black in the entire area. I am issuing notice to Delhi Police. All criminal men and women should be arrested and the girl and her family should be given security.”
कस्तूरबा नगर में 20 साल की लड़की का अवैध शराब बेचने वालों द्वारा गैंगरेप किया गया, उसे गंजा कर, चप्पल की माला पहना पूरे इलाक़े में मुँह काला करके घुमाया। मैं दिल्ली पुलिस को नोटिस जारी कर रही हूँ। सब अपराधी आदमी औरतों को अरेस्ट किया जाए और लड़की और उसके परिवार को सुरक्षा दी जाए। pic.twitter.com/4ExXufDaO3
— Swati Maliwal (@SwatiJaiHind) January 27, 2022
Delhi CM and Aam Aadmi Party Leader Arvind Kejriwal also condemned the incident and wrote, “This is very shameful. How did the criminals get so courageous? I urge the Union Home Minister and the Lieutenant Governor to instruct the police to take strict action, pay attention to the law and order situation. Delhiites will not tolerate such heinous crime and criminals at any cost.”
ये बेहद शर्मनाक है। अपराधियों की इतनी हिम्मत हो कैसे गई? केंद्रीय गृहमंत्री जी और उपराज्यपाल जी से मैं आग्रह करता हूँ कि पुलिस को सख़्त एक्शन लेने के निर्देश दें, क़ानून व्यवस्था पर ध्यान दें। दिल्लीवासी इस तरह के जघन्य अपराध और अपराधियों को किसी भी क़ीमत पर बर्दाश्त नहीं करेंगे। https://t.co/aAinx2Sbti
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) January 27, 2022
According to an Indian Express report, the police rushed to the spot after receiving a call at around 1 PM on Wednesday. The police saw that the alleged survivor was being paraded by a group of women who were also assaulting the survivor. The woman’s hair was chopped off, and she was forced to wear garland of slippers.
Survivor Was Abducted, Gang Raped by Men Who Were Being Instigated
The women’s commission issued a statement in which further details about the matter were revealed. Reportedly, the commission’s head met the survivor who told her that she was kidnapped and was gang raped by 3 men. She further alleged that while she was being raped, women present at the spot were instigating the men.
“Woman Was Friend with Family Member of Accused”
An Indian Express report quoted a police official involved in the matter. “The motive isn’t clear but we have been told that the woman was once friends with a family member of the accused. The man later committed suicide. The family suspects that the woman forced the man to kill himself and wanted to take revenge. We are verifying these allegations. The matter is being investigated,” the officer said.