New Delhi: Two women from the Northeast, including a student of the Delhi University, filed a police complaint saying they were hit by water balloons and called ‘coronavirus’ near the varsity’s North Campus. An FIR has been registered at Roop Nagar police station near Kamla Nagar. Also Read - German State Finance Minister Commits Suicide Amid Fears of Financial Impact of Coronavirus Pandemic
The alleged incident took place of March 3 when a few men riding motorbikes outside DU campus were throwing water balloons at two women who were also accompanied by a male friend, said the complainant. The bikers aimed at their private parts, she furthered, made racist remarks and shouted ‘Aye coronavirus!‘. Also Read - Coronavirus: Total Positive Cases Climb to 1024, Death Toll Reaches 27, State Borders Sealed | Top Points
However, as they approached the Northeast Helpline to take action against the miscreants, their ordeal deepened instead of being resolved. According to a report by Newslaundry, the police officers tried to patronise them by saying that such incidents are normal around Holi and that they should be carrying sticks like the rest of women in Delhi and Haryana. Also Read - Amid Lockdown, Centre Sets up 11 High-level Panels to Suggest Measures For Ramping up Healthcare, Economy
The officers even asked them to approach the Roop Nagar station instead of them. An FIR was filed the subsequent morning under IPC Sections 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) and 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant).
This is not the first time such an incident of harassment took place. A DU student from Meghalaya had alleged on Monday that she also faced similar eve-teasing. Delhi has seen some of the worst cases of Holi hooliganism in the past. The most striking of them was when the water-balloons were instead filled with semen and thrown at women students.