4 months on, molested artist yet to get justice

| | New Delhi

The Delhi Police has registered an FIR on the complaint of an artist from Tripura who was molested at an art workshop in March this year by an employee of the Lalit Kala Akademi, who later started stalking her, would send vulgar and obscene messages and pictures to her on Facebook messenger. The Pioneer spoke to the victim who said she was not hoping to get justice.

“I am never going to get justice with the Delhi Police. I have been complaining to Lalit Kala Akedemi and the Ministry of Culture against the accused since May but they took no action and kept misguiding me. I came down to Delhi to seek the police’s help in August but they too are turning their faces away and mistreating me,” said the artist.

The accused identified as Narendra Kumar Arora (57), allegedly molested her during the workshop and later started sending her vulgar messages and indecent messages and pictures on Facebook.

Speaking to The Pioneer, the victim said, “Almost three months after the incident, I came to Delhi just to seek police’s help and register an FIR against the accused as the Lalit Kala Akademi paid no heed to the numerous complaints I made to them. But now it seems even the police is not interested.”

“The day I went to Tilak Marg Police Station to register the complaint, the police personnel too harassed me. They kept tearing my complaint paper and asked me to rewrite the complaint and finally I had to write what they asked me to. They even snatched my phone away from me and said it was needed for investigation purpose but it has been more than 10 days now since I registered the FIR and the laptop or the mobile of the accused has not been seized for probing. Police has merely kept my complaint as a piece of paper. My mobile phone including the SIM card is still with the police,” the victim further said.

The FIR was registered on July 28 this year and the victim then appeared before the concerned magistrate to record her statement under Section 164 Crpc. The accused had molested her on March 27 and 29, when she came to Delhi to attend the National Conclave of Northeast and Tribal Arts and after she left for Tripura, he kept harassing her on Facebook.

“As per my knowledge the court has issued an arrest warrant against the accused but he has not been arrested yet. When I first complained to LKA officials in May, they reverted 15-20 days later and said they have initiated an internal probe but there has been no progress whatsoever,” said the victim.

A senior police official said the FIR has been registered on 28th July under section 354(A), 354 (D) and 67(A) of the Information Technology Act and further investigation is on.



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