New Delhi:Cop strips woman for taking water from public pump

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New Delhi, Nov 28: A constable has been accused of stripping and assaulting a woman in public for taking water from public pump in Mehruli area, New Delhi.

The incident occurred on Aug 8 when Sushma (name changed) was watching television with her daughter at home. Raj Kumar, a constable barged into her house with his goons and assaulted her and her three children.

The police however, refused to take up her complaint and did their best to cover up the issue.

After being hauled by a city court, an FIR was lodged against Raj Kumar on Oct 30 for allegedly outraging the modesty of a woman, rioting, causing hurt and criminal intimidation. The constable is yet to be arrested.

'He threw me on the ground and tore off my clothes. I was dragged outside my house and assaulted in front of neighbours. My son was thrashed when he tried to cover me up. No one came to our rescue as everyone is scared of him," Sushma said.

The constable is a neighbour of the family and had seen them taking water from a public pump which he claimed was his.

"Raj Kumar is a terror in the area. He constructed a four-storey building and has given flats on rent. Ever since his tenants moved in, he has as not allowed anyone to take water from the pump," she said

"They slapped me hard on the left ear. Raj Kumar told us that he earned Rs 1-1.5 lakh per month from the flats he had rented out. So, we should never use the water pump and cause inconvenience to his tenants," said her son Pradeep.

After the family went to seek the help of senior police officers, they refused to file an FIR, said her husband Ram Kumar.

"Instead, the station house officer (SHO), Pankaj Singh, threatened to file a case against me. I also visited the office of the DCP (Chhaya Sharma) at Hauz Khas, but to no avail," he said.

"I have no faith in the police. Had the court not intervened, they would have never registered a case. I hope they arrest Raj Kumar and that the higher authorities take note of the nexus between the constable and the other officers involved," Sushma said.

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