In a blood curdling development from Lucknow, a Uttar Pradesh government official was arrested after videos of him sexually assaulting an employee went viral on social media. The accused, has been identified as Ichcha Ram Yadav. Yadav was working as an under-secretary in the UP CM Yogi Adityanath’s government and was the in-charge of the minority welfare department. He has been accused of sexually assaulting his fellow employee since 2018.

Reportedly, the videos were captured by the victim who worked in the Minority Welfare Department on a contractual basis. The videos show Ichcha Ram overstepping every professional boundary and continually harassing the employee. It should be noted that while the victim had complained about the assault, the police made the arrest a week after the complaint, when the videos went viral.

Background

According to National Commission for Women (NCW), there was a sharp 46% increase in complaints of crimes related to women from January to August 2021. More importantly, over half of these crimes were reported from Uttar Pradesh.

Earlier, as National Crimes Record Bureau report also showed alarming figures of Uttar Pradesh and its contribution in crimes against women. From 2015 till 2019, Uttar Pradesh recorded the highest surge of crimes against women – 66.7%. Furthermore, back in 2019, UP accounted for about 15% of all the crimes against women in India.

Another harrowing piece of statistic came in the form of Uttar Pradesh reporting the highest number of crimes against girl children under the Protection of Children against Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act with as many as 7,444 cases.

Recently, another disturbing development emerged from UP where a government official was found guilty of harassment.


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The Facts of the Matter

On Thursday, the Lucknow reported that it has arrested one Ichcha Ram Yadav who was accused of harassing a female employee in his office. The accused was a state government official and worked as an under-secretary in the state government on the position of in-charge of minority welfare development. The arrest was made after the accused’s video of him forcing himself on the victim went viral on the internet.

It should be noted that the videos were captured by the victim, an employee in the Minority Welfare Department. While it hasn’t been ascertained, it’s being speculated that the woman shot the videos in a bid to oust the culprit from his position of predator.

Further, the woman had filed the FIR on October 29 and yet it took the police more than a week to make the arrest.


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What Did the Viral Videos Show?

The videos gone viral show the accused crossing professional boundaries and trying to grope and physically take advantage of the victim. While the woman continued to push and shove the man away, the accused continued on his assault relentlessly. The video also shows the woman distressed and yet the man with a predatory expression assaulted the woman at the office.

Accused Promised Job Confirmation, Threatened to “Kill Her”

An NDTV report claims that the woman was working as a computer operator at the Minority Welfare department. Since 2018 the accused Ichcha Ram continued to harass the woman. The complaint raised by the woman stated that the accused promised a confirmed job if she played along with him. However, the accused had threatened that if she objects to his advancements, he will “destroy her and kill her”.


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Police Breaks Silence on Delayed Action

After the news broke, several netizens have been raising questions as to why there was a delay in action from the police’s part. The police, according to a Dainik Bhaskar report, claimed that after raising the complaint she didn’t appear before the magistrate to submit her statement as per Section 164. Further, the police also claimed that the woman hadn’t mentioned her address on the FIR.