What’s next for the VVIP Brat?
Vikas Barala, son of Haryana BJP Chief Subhash Barala, along with his friend Ashish Kumar was arrested on Saturday ( 5 August) for allegedly harassing Varnika Kundu, daughter of an IAS officer (Varinder Singh Kundu).
Vikas and Ashish chased Varnika when she was driving back to her Panchkula home from Sector-9 in Chandigarh at 12:35AM.
On Monday, the victim spoke to Times Now,“ Their (the accused) entire aim from the first second till the last was just to get to my car to stop.”
The Chandigarh police has faced criticism for this August 4 incident for their lack of doing their job and not booking the two for attempted abduction and terrorizing the victim, diluting the charges. The police has since then been tight-lipped about dropping the earlier bailable charges. They first announced that the surveillance cameras on the stretch where the incident took place weren’t working later correcting themselves by saying that they recovered some footage. They later added section 365 and section 511.
Section 365 pertains to kidnapping or abducting with intent secretly or wrongfully to confine a person) and Section 511 refers to punishment for attempting to commit offences punishable with imprisonment for life or other imprisonment.) (THE HINDU)
When they were first arrested on the day of incident the accused refused to give blood and urine samples, tampering with the evidence. They were charged with drunken driving. According to the reports by Mirror Now, investigating officer didn’t force them to give blood and urine samples. Since when does police handle accused with kiddie gloves? And why were they released in the first place?
Officers who aren’t objective and fair have no place in executive. If the media would not have put pressure it is possible that these boys would have got away scot free which reminds of something another CM said “boys will be boys” which translates to cheap boys will not be held accountable for their less than honourable actions.
Shouldn’t the police have immediately started the investigation with stringent charges since stalking is not a minor offence? They can be diluted later if the need arises. If there is more wiggle room for the accused person won’t he be under punished for his crimes( if proved) or tamper with evidence.
Stalking is related to harassment and intimidation. In some countries like Australia and Canada stalking can land a person to maximum of 10 years of imprisonment where as in India a man committing the offence of stalking would be liable for imprisonment up to 3 years for the first offence, and shall be liable for fine and for any subsequent conviction would be liable for imprisonment up to 5 years and with fine. Also considering the attempt to abduct which could have led to grave consequences for the victim. Since she evaded that it will be difficult to prove his intent in court.
DGP TS Luthra said that there is no political pressure and new charges are added based on facts and investigation done in the 4 days.
Subhash Barala held a press conference 2 hours after the summon deadline for Vikas Barala (which he ignored), in which he said that his party believes in women’s rights and freedom. Further, adding that Varnika is like his daughter and there is no pressure to influence the investigation. He walked out the press conference after a mysterious phone call.
The first thing we do when we hear incidents such as these is to criticize everyone, the question we need to ask is “what do we need to do to speed up the process so that justice can be served to the victim?”
The social attitude needs to change. Whether the girl was drinking, what she was wearing, why was she out late at night are clearly not the right questions to ask. It is called victim blaming and needs to stop. It n Many cases go unreported for the fear of being mocked and ridiculed in a society that is first to blame the girl and raising questions about her character than asking, teaching and expecting decency from boys.
Actions such as these clearly shows that the state isn’t serious about the hate crimes against women. In patriarchal society such as ours they are often considered weak and passive. The laws have no meaning if the police officers (or public servants) are clearly not serious enough to enforce or look after them.
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