Maliwal’s nightmare

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Maliwal’s nightmare

Saturday, 18 May 2024 | Saumya Shukla | New Delhi

Maliwal’s nightmare

The First Information Report (FIR) lodged by AAP leader and Rajya Sabha MP Swati Maliwal against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's Personal Secretary Bibhav Kumar has revealed shocking details of the assault.

Maliwal alleged that Kejriwal's aide Kumar "slapped" her "at least seven to eight times" while she "continued screaming" and "brutally dragged" her while "kicking" her on the "chest, stomach, and pelvis area", and threatened with dire consequences.

"When I called 112 (emergency number) after the assault, Kumar said do what you have to do. You can't spoil anything for us. We'll bury and dump you in such a place that no one will even know," read the FIR.

In a related development, Maliwal on Friday went to Tis Hazari court to record her statement before a magistrate about the alleged assault on her. Metropolitan magistrate Katyayini Sharma Kandwal recorded Maliwal's statement in her chambers. Under section 164 CrPC, a judicial magistrate is empowered to record any statement or confession made before him during the course of an investigation.

The medico-legal case report also confirmed that she has suffered internal injuries to her face.

Maliwal underwent a four-hour-long medical check-up at AIIMS Delhi in the wee hours of Friday. A Delhi Police team reached AIIMS with the AAP MP at around 11 pm and left at around 3:15 am.

Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) member Vandana Singh also accompanied Maliwal. During this medical examination, an X-ray and CT scan were done.

According to the FIR, on May 13, Maliwal visited Kejriwal's camp office at his Civil Lines residence where she called and messaged Kumar, but couldn't reach him. As she waited for the CM in the drawing room, Kumar "suddenly barged in, screamed at her without provocation and abused her", before allegedly assaulting her, it states.

The FIR based on Maliwal's complaint, recorded on Thursday, three days after the incident, states that as Kumar was not present at the CM's house, she went inside the residential area "through the main door, as she has always done in the past year", and told the CM's staff that she was there to meet him.

The FIR reads, "I went inside the camp office and called Kumar, but I could not go in. I then sent a message to his mobile number (through WhatsApp). However, there was no response. I then went inside the residential area through the main door as I have always done in the past year. Since Kumar was not present, I entered the residence area and informed the staff present there to tell the CM that I was there to meet him."

She said a staff member informed me that the CM would meet me shortly, and suddenly, the PS of the CM, Bibhav Kumar, barged into the room.

"He started screaming without any provocation and even resorted to verbal abuse. I was stunned by this sudden outburst and reacted by telling him to stop talking to me in such a manner and to call the CM. He said, "How dare you not obey us? How can you not obey us? Your status is so low that you won't refuse us. You're a lowly woman, we'll teach you a lesson," she claimed in the FIR.

Maliwal said while uttering these words, he came and stood right in front of me. "Without any provocation on my part, he started hitting me repeatedly," she said.

"He slapped me at least 7-8 times while I continued to scream for help. I felt absolutely shocked and kept screaming for assistance.

“In an attempt to protect myself, I pushed him away with my legs. At that moment, he aggressively attacked me, pulled my shirt up deliberately, causing the buttons to come undone, and my shirt flew up.

"I fell down and hit my head on the centre table. I continued to scream for help as he did not stop and proceeded to kick me in my chest, stomach, and pelvic area with his legs," she claimed in the FIR.

"I was in extreme pain and pleaded with him to stop. Despite my pleas, he continued to assault me. My shirt was pulled up, but he persisted in attacking me. I kept begging him to stop. Eventually, I was taken outside the CM residence, where I sat briefly on the floor due to the intense pain. The PCR police arrived, but I was in a dazed state and left, walking towards my previous residence in Civil Lines. I was crying and managed to reach my earlier residence. I sat on the ground there for some time until some personnel who had accompanied me from the CM house called an auto for me. I sat in it and started towards my house, as I was in terrible pain and was traumatised and shattered," Maliwal said.

"Somehow, I gathered the strength to reach the PS Civil Lines to report the matter. I reached there and informed the SHO about the incident while crying. I was in severe pain and experiencing severe cramps. I also started receiving numerous calls from the media on my mobile. Due to the trauma, pain, and my reluctance to politicise the incident, I left the police station without filing a written complaint. My head was splitting with pain, and my arms and legs were aching terribly," she said.

"The past days since the incident have been extremely painful for me. It is one of the most difficult times of my life. The pain, trauma and harassment have been mind-numbing. My head and neck have been hurting constantly since the attack. My arms are very sore and my abdomen is also hurting. I am also experiencing difficulty walking. My situation is exacerbated by the fact that I have worked all my life for women's issues and have helped lakhs of women get justice," the FIR read.

"I ended up being brutally beaten by a person whom I have known for a long time. I am deeply disturbed by this incident and am distraught that someone could display such goonda behaviour. I feel totally shattered. It has taken me 3 days to gather myself and report the matter through a written complaint. I request you to kindly take the strongest possible action in the matter. I am shocked that this brutal attack happened to me completely unprovoked at CM residence," it added.

The FIR has been registered under sections 308, 341, 354 D, 506, and 509 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) at Civil Lines police station.

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