Court orders police protection for NGO counsellor after abduction bid

Complainant works with survivors of sexual abuse; HC pulls up Delhi Police

August 29, 2019 01:01 am | Updated 01:03 am IST - New Delhi

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday ordered police protection to a counsellor at Shakti Shalini, a Delhi-based NGO which works with survivors of sexual abuse, following a complaint that she has been receiving threats and has escaped an abduction bid earlier this month.

Justice Brijesh Sethi also ordered the Delhi police to reinvestigate into the complaint made by a Shakti Shalini coordinator and file a status report before the court by the next date of hearing in October.

During the hearing, the judge questioned the Delhi police as to why they have registered a Non-Cognizable Report of a lost mobile in the case.

The Shakti Shalini coordinator, in her petition, stated that the NGO had provided shelter to a woman and her 11-month-old baby after she sought their help.

Creates ruckus

After her admission at the shelter home, her live-in partner and a few others started visiting the shelter home and its head office demanding that she and her child be returned. On August 2, the live-in partner along with others visited the shelter home and created a ruckus and threatened the woman and attempted to snatch the child away from her.

On August 7, when the coordinator was heading back home after work and stopped at an ATM booth in Jangpura, the live-in partner of the woman and a few others tried to abduct her by forcibly pulling her into a car.

When the coordinator tried to make a call to the police, her phone was snatched. Then, one of the spectators called the police. A beat constable came to the spot and rescued her and took all the persons to the police station.

Upon insistence by the Shakti Shalini coordinator to register an FIR of abduction and assault, the police official handed her a non-cognisable offence information report. On Wednesday, before the High Court, the Station House Officer of Nizamuddin assured that he will look into the complaint and take action as per law.

During the day, another HC Bench directed the police to provide protection to the woman and her child. The Bench further directed to provide the phone number of the officer whom the woman can call if she receives any threat in future.

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