NEW DELHI: At a time when the Delhi police is under intense pressure to end the rising crime wave against women in the national capital, it now faces a new challenge of protecting its own women personnel.
A case of harassment of a woman sub-inspector by half a dozen hooligans on Tuesday has raised questions over the safety of women personnel in the Delhi police, Times of India reports.
The sub-inspector, a resident of Sangam Vihar, was returning home in a bus at night when she was molested and beaten up by the hooligans in south Delhi.
When the sub-inspector was alighting from a bus, two men on a bike passed lewd comments at her. She objected to their behaviour but was abused and molested.
The sub-inspector retaliated, slapping one of the bikers -- identified as one Ravi. But this did not discourage the men, who immediately grabbed her cell-phone to ensure she doesn't call for any help and manhandled her.
Meanwhile, Ravi called in his associates. Four more men, armed with sticks, then joined the two miscreants and started thrashing the policewoman.
The sub-inspector tried to flee, but the hooligans pulled her out of the shop she tried to take shelter in and continued their assault.
One of the sub-inspector's neighbours, who witnessed the scene, initially attempted to rescue the victim but as the number of attackers increased, he dialed to get police help and informed the woman's family members.
The police, later arriving at the scene, managed to nab three of the assailants but the rest managed to escape. The three have been identified as Naveen Kumar, Rohit and Ravi.
The police registered a case of attempt to commit culpable homicide (308), molestation (354) and 509 (outraging a woman's modesty) against the six accused. The sub-inspector was later admitted to Batra hospital.