New Delhi, Aug 25: The 26-year-old man, who was arrested on Monday on charges of sexual harassment of a young woman, on Tuesday claimed the woman pressed charges on him to become famous.
Saravjeet Singh alias Sunny, a resident of Paschimpuri area of west Delhi, told the police that the woman was an Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supporter and that she framed him to derive political mileage out of the incident, which took place in Tilak Nagar area of Delhi on Sunday.
A day after he was arrested by Delhi Police and was later granted a bail, Saravjeet said,"If not me, she would have accused someone else, she just wants to be famous."
Even the youth's mother has also slammed the girl for misusing her political connections to frame her son.
Defending herself Jasleen Kaur, complainant, said parents will always support their children no matter what crimes they commit.
Jasleen posted the photograph of her harasser on Facebook following which Singh was arrested.
Deputy Commissioner of Police Rajan Bhagat said they have announced a cash reward of Rs 5,000 for the woman.
"The award is for the bravery she displayed," he said.
Police said the matter was reported around 8 p.m. on Sunday and an FIR was registered.
In her complaint, the woman told police that she was confronted by the accused at a traffic intersection at Tilak Marg, where he allegedly passed lewd remarks at her, while the people around chose to be mute spectators.
The woman took a photograph of the number plate of Singh's motorbike and when she was about to take a photograph of the accused, he posed for it despite being told that she would report the matter to police. He later sped away, said the police official.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal too lauded the woman's courage and said: "Congratulate... her bravery. Girls of Delhi should follow her and speak up against such unacceptable acts."
Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief Swati Maliwal condemned the incident and said it was shameful that people stood watching and did not come forward to help her.