Women from NE molested again in Delhi

     It is a shameful episode. Once again women have been molested because they are from NE.

     Delhi Police must initiate strict action against the culprits.

 NEW DELHI: Days after the country was shocked on New Year’s Day by the news of a mob molesting two women outside a Mumbai hotel, two women staying near Delhi University’s north campus have alleged that a crowd of 25 men abused and molested them on Saturday.

The two sisters from Manipur have alleged that they were molested after an altercation over the “morality of women from the northeast”.

Police said they were investigating the matter but no case has been registered. “The accused have been identified,” DCP (north) Devesh Srivastav said. According to police, one of the victims runs a cybercafe from a rented accommodation in Gandhi Vihar near Timarpur. She told the cops that she was staying with her brother and a younger sister, who had recently come from Manipur.

“On Saturday evening, my sister had gone to the market to buy vegetables. On her way back, she was followed by two men who started passing lewd comments. When she told me about the incident, I decided to ignore it. After sometime, two men came in front of my cafe and started hurling abuses,” one of the two women said in her complaint to the police.

A senior police officer said, “The older sister, along with her younger brother, came out to question the men. During the argument, she slapped one of the men, who reportedly returned at around 9.30pm with a group of 25 men. Most of them were in a drunken state and beat up the sisters and the brother.”

“They threatened us and said that women from the northeast were spreading immorality in Delhi and that we should pack our bags and leave,” one of the sisters, Sonia (name changed), told TOI. She also alleged that she and her sister were molested.

Sonia alleged that the same men had been teasing her and her sister for over a month and they had repeatedly complained to the police but without any avail. A senior police officer said, “The vicims had an altercation with their neighbours after which they called the police.”

In September 2007, students were molested by aspiring cops who had come for a police recruitment test near the north campus. Police registered cases but no arrests were made and the matter was later transferred to the crime branch.

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