Re: Landlord’s sexual assault on Manipur woman in Gurgaon – FIR No. 552 of 2007 Police Station DLF, District Gurgaon, Haryana u/s 354, 376, 511 IPC sec 3-33-89 Sc/St Act
We are writing to you in some distress on an urgent matter relating to the plight of tribal women, specially those from the North eastern States, who work in the National Capital Region, and particularly in NOIDA [Uttar Pradesh] and Faridabad and Gurgaon [Haryana]. While earlier we had a history of migration, and exploitation, of young women from the tribal belts of Jharkhand, Orissa, and Chhattisgarh coming as domestic maids, the recent migration, in the thousands, is of educated girls from Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, and Nagaland who come to work in Call Centers and the IT industry in these towns. They live in small groups, and often alone, and are subject of much harassment in areas of residence and the workplace.. The North East Support Centre & Helpline was recently founded in New Delhi by concerned NGOs to assist such girls in distress and in danger of physical and psychological harm.
The NE Support Centre & Helpline on Friday, 14th December 2007, brought to my attention the following case which I am submitting to the N C W for your urgent attention and action. I visited Gurgaon on 15th December 2007, interviewed the young women, Linda, and spoke with the Gurgaon Commissioner of Police as also other officers because the extremely unprofessional and sadistic behaviour of the SHO of the DLF Police station, Gurgaon, and the aggressive attitude of friends of the criminal son of the landlord against whom the girl has complained. The landlord’s son and his friends, in fact, followed me and my associates around as we went to the Police station, and later the offices of the ACP and the Police Commissioner in different sectors of Gurgaon.
In brief, the case is as follows:
Linda is from Manipur from where she came about seven months ago to do a course in beauty-care to be able to take up a job as her father, a carpenter, is not able to support his large family of seven. Linda lives with her sister in a room they rented on 11 November 2007, in House Number 65, Chakkarpur village, near Krishna Market, in the DLF area of Gurgaon, Haryana. In the past, other girls of the region have stayed in this village.
The son of the landlord, named Vikram, has apparently had his eye on these girls. On three occasions, he attempted to molest Linda. He entered their room when her sister had gone to her job in a beauty salon, was away. On two occasions, he caught hold of her and sought to take advantage of her. She screamed, struggled, and resisted his advances. When she ran and opened the door to cry for help, he slinked away. The third time, on 11 December 2007 at 7.30 pm, he again entered her room and grabbed her, trying to kiss her and fondle her body. She again screamed and when there was a commotion, he ran away.
The girl and her sister, together with other friends from their state, protested to the landlord about his son. Instead of listening to them, apologizing for his son, and making amends, the landlord threw the girls out of the house. They could not collect even their personal belongings and were forced to leave the house with most of their belongings in the room.
The girls could also not lodge a complaint with the police. They are still terrified and can hardly express themselves coherently out of fear and mortification.
Eventually they approached the NE Support Centre & Helpline in Delhi through another youth from Manipur. NE Support Centre & Helpline secretary Rev Madhu Chandra, a Manipuri, accompanied them to the Police Station. He was surprised to find that not only were the assault and his fiends already at the police station, the SHO was extremely aggressive. He did not show any sympathy for the girl. He also was not bothered that Rev Chandra was pleading that a case be registered. After a very long time, but not before he had shown extreme hostility towards the group, the police register a complaint. At that stage they refused to give a copy of the complaint.
On Saturday, 15 December 2007, Dr. John FDayal, Member, National Integration Council, accompanied NE Support Centre & Helpline President, Ms Lansinglu, a Supreme Court of India Advocate, Rev Madhu Chandra, and the victim and her sister, to the Police station. The police again would not talk about the case, though the assailant and his friends were present in large numbers and even tried to persuade me t not take up the matter with the police. We then went to the Assistant Commissioner of Police, DLF region, and eventually met the Commissioner of Police, Gurgaon, who gave us a patient hearing. He has assured action.
However, the matter is far more serious and deserves the concern of the National Commission for Women. We request that the NCW make a through survey of working women in Haryana and devise steps, in conjunction with the police and the government, to ensure the safety and security of the working women from distant parts of India. We must mention that we did not find a single woman police at the Gurgaon police station.
We are sure you will treat this letter as an urgent complaint.
Dr. John Dayal
Minor Northeast Girl Molested Repeatedly
New Delhi, December 13, 2007, (North East Support Centre & Helpline)
A minor girl of 17 years old who is doing a designing course was molested repeatedly by her landlord in Gurgaon, Haryana. After failing the repeated attempt to rape, the house owner, in frustration threw out the girl along with her sister and cousin from the house without any reason at midnight. The North East Support Centre & Helpline went to lodge an FIR at Gurgoan Police station today, but the police denied even registering it.
It was on November 11, 2007 that Miss. Shiela (name changed) with her elder sister and cousin took a rented room in Gurgaon, Haryana.
On December 2, 2007 at around 9.30 pm , the owner came and molested her knowing that she was alone. He tried to lure her and forced to use her. When she denied, he tried to strangulate her. On December 9, she was again attacked by the lustful owner who is already married and has two children. He molested her and tried to rape her but the attempt was failed as the girl raised alarm and brought attention to the outsiders. On December 11, at around 7.30 pm , house owner went inside Shiela’s room and molested her. Luckily she was not alone that day; her cousin was inside the bathroom taking a bath. On hearing the shriek from the girl, the cousin came out and saw their owner running out of the room.
The next day without any notice or reason they were thrown out of the house along with their belongings. “Some of our belongings are still locked away in that room” Shiela’s sister said “The owner even slapped my cousin and threatened to use violence to my friends who came to help us in shifting.” On being asked why she did not inform the police when the owner first tried to rape her, Shiela confessed that she was terribly afraid, humiliated and ashamed.
Along with the victims, the Fact Finding Team of North East Support Centre went to the concerned police station but instead of extending help, they refused to register the case and insisted on identifying the accused first. They were detained in the police station for a long time by the SHO Mr. Mohamad Hussain on the pretext of filing an FIR. Without delay the accused family members and friends were contacted and they came to the station immediately in three vehicles. Inspite of repeated request, SHO Mr. Hussain was nowhere to be seen, while the accused member pressed for a situation where both the parties can come to a compromising term.
The FIR is still not yet filed nor they were given chance to register the case. There are more then 2000 North East people staying in Gurgaon, where more then 68% of the discrimination went unreported and 22% denied even if they seek help from the police. It is up to us to decide whether we should allow this case to be ignored or give justice by giving our best involvement. The Fact Finding Team consists of Madhu Chandra, Ambika Hongsha and Lemyao Shimray.
North East Support Centre & Helpline (www.nehelpline.net) is combined initiative of various human rights activists, social workers, students, journalists and lawyers seeking to prevent harassment and abuses meted out to North East People and tribal communities of other states.
Media and Publicity Desk
North East Support Center
Discrimination to North East People – On Record
Mr. Madhu Chandra & Lameyao Shimray
The recent unreported cases of discrimination meted out to North East India communities according to the sources reaching to North East Support Centre & Helpline, just few to mention:
On November 9, 2007 a girl from Manipur was beaten up by one of his own community fellow man at zero hour of the night. The man, who claimed to a Vice President of Student Union intruded her rented room in R. K. Puram, New Delhi while she along with her seven other friends was in deep sleep after celebrating her friend’s birthday. He slapped on her face two times and also abused her and her friends terming them to be bad character.
The matter was reported to the Student Union leaders of which the accused claimed to be Vice President and he made pardon of his misdeed according to the source reaching to NE Support Centre & Helpline.
One of the Helpline number of North East Support Centre was contacted to look into the matter as the victim wanted some disciplinary action should be taken on the man who has beaten her, otherwise she wanted to given complaint to police for the crime of intruding girls’ room in midnight and beating her.
NE Support Centre & Helpline was assured by the President of Student Union that appropriate action will be taken on man claimed to be the Vice President of the particular Student Union.
On November 8, 2007 police has arrested a group of young people from Manipur after clashes with a group of people in Delhi. According to the information reaching to NE Support Centre & Helpline, the local group lodged complaint against those boys from Manipur and police took them in custody immediately. The police who used to snail space, delay and even denial when complained by North East communities, were so fast to take the complaint and arrest the accused.
A case against the boys from Manipur was registered and produce before the magistrate and latter bailed out.
On November 7, 2007 a 30 years old man from Manipur was beaten up by a neighbor in R K Puram. A neighbor along with two of his friends intruded a house belonging to a Manipuri family and grabs the neck of the husband and tried to hit him with iron rode without reason being told.
Later reason was told that children belonging to the family from Manipur had quarrel with neighbor children.
With fear and trembling, the family from Manipur rang up to police helpline no. 100. Before the police helpline rushed to the spot, the neighbor and his friend brought two police from near by and taken the family from Manipur to local police station and forced him to sign a paper with a false statement that he and his brother threaten the neighbor and friends with a knife. It was filed before NE Support Centre & Helpline reaches the spot.
When the Police Helpline reached the spot, fabricated story was already filed in police station where both the party compromised.
Police was so fast in filing complaint against this family. What would have been the story if it happened to opposite party, only the time will tell!
On November 6, 2007 sexual assault to three and half year old girl from North East was reported to NE Support Centre & Helpline. The parents of the girl were suggested lodge complaint in police station and latter taken to hospital for medical examination.
The parents of the girl refused to register the case in fear of the facing disgrace that can cause by the medial examination to them and their little one. The accused went free without any punishment.
According to the sources reaching to NE Support Centre & Helpline, split of semen was found on the body of the girl.
On November 4, 2007 a Girl from Manipur was sexually assaulted by a resident of Sabdarjan Enclave in Daylight today.
According to the information reaching to NE Support Centre & Helpline, the girl was coming out of her rented house in Sabdarjan Enclave, New Delhi this evening, a man seems to be drunk came in front of her and assaulted her sexually in daylight.
Soon after the incident, the resident of the locality caught hold of the man and requested the victim forgive him and let go without reporting to police.
On October 21, 2007 a North East girl was sexually assaulted and beaten by man. Students from Manipur were forced to vacate rented house. Police delayed registering complaint.
Same night after “North East Support Centre & Helpline” was officially launched at Press Club of India, a tribal girl age of 21 years old from Manipur was sexually assaulted by a tenant at 12:30 AM on October 21, 2007. In spite of protecting the victim, the landlord forced victim’s cousin and other students from north east India living in the rented house to vacate the rooms without any notice.
Fact Finding Team of “North East Support Centre & Helpline” after hearing the news of the incident, rushed to the spot and gave immediate trauma counseling to the victim. An application was lodged in Vasant Kunj Police station to book the accused and landlord under SC/ST Atrocity Prevention Act (1995)
The incident happened when she along with her sister went to visit her cousin brother who lives in rented a room in Mahipalpur.
The Victim reports to North East Support Centre & Helpline, “When my cousin went to shared bathroom outside the room, I was waiting outside for her, a tenant claimed to be a police man started taking picture of me and molested me by pointing out to my private parts.”
When she screamed, her cousin brothers came out in rescue of her. They were abused by the man claimed to police in front to the residents by making assault remarks on them.
Next day, the landlord, instead of protecting the victim, forced three students from Manipur living in the rented rooms of the same building to vacate the house immediately without any prior notice. Students sought shelter in their friends living near by along with their belongings after they were pushed out by the landlord.
NE Support Centre & Helpline fact finding team gave trauma counseling to the victim and latter went to Vasant Kunj police station to lodge FIR. Police duty officer not only delayed but refused to take the complaint. After 22 hours, the police filed FIR when NDTV reporter when to police station to enquire why the complaint has been delayed. Soon after the arrival of NDTV, FIR was registered and accused was arrested under molestation and racial harassment charges. However police still refused to register the case under SC/ST Atrocity Prevention Act as the victim belong to ST community.
On October 12, 2007 a manager of a New Delhi Call Centre made sexual advances to two young women from North East India, and then stopped their salary and suspended them from work when they resisted his overtures.
NE Support Centre & Helpline’s initial investigations show, two women from Nagaland, aged about 23 were employed by A Call Centre, New Delhi on September 4, 2007.
The manager of Call Centre allegedly made sexual advances to one of them, repeatedly asking her to accompany him on many occasions.
The young woman refused. The manager then allegedly turned to her friend. She too refused to fall in the trap.
He allegedly retaliated by stopping the transport pick up service to bring them to office and dropping them to the house they had rented in Safdarjang from October 12, 2007 onward. The women were forced to find their transport home late at night.
Prior to NE Support Centre & Helpline was launched, the cases of discrimination have been an issue of concern as increase of atrocities was already alarming. Lemayao Shimray – Spokes Person of NE Support Centre & Helpline reports:
On September 16, 2007 four DU students, hailing from Manipur, have alleged that some unidentified men molested them on Saturday night while they were going to attend a freshers’ party at North Campus. The students alleged that the accused persons were appearing for recruitment of Delhi Police’s constable at Kingsway Camp.
Police said they have not received any complaint and denied knowledge of any such incident. However, the students, while speaking to Times of India said that they have approached Mukherjee Nagar police station but no action has been taken on their complaint.
The SHO and Police constable were suspended latter from the service for failing to perform their duty and FIR of molestation case was filed against the candidates for recruiting to the Delhi police who molested the girls. – TOI
On August 13, 2007 a 27 year old woman has alleged that she was molested by an auto rickshaw driver in Chirag Dilli on Monday night. A case of molestation and criminal intimidation has been registered after the woman, belonging to Manipur, complained that the incident had happened when she was returning from work.
According to police, the victim is a resident of Chirag Dilli and was returning around 9.30 pm to her house. “She took an auto rickshaw from her office in Safdarjung Enclave for Chirag Dilli. When the victim was close to her house, the driver stopped the auto on the pretext that the vehicle had developed some snag,” said a police officer.
The victim, in her complaint, said: “He went to the rear side of the auto and started repairing something. While I was sitting inside the three-wheeler, he suddenly grabbed me and put a cloth on my mouth.”
However, cops said, the victim managed to free herself from the clutches of the driver and raised an alarm. Some passersby and motorists stopped for help but by the time they came, the driver managed to flee from the spot.
The victim noted down the auto rickshaw number, which was later given to police.
She was later sent to All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) for medical examination.
The police said that the auto rickshaw number is not complete and the three-wheeler could not be identified.
“We are zeroing in on all the auto rickshaws with a similar series as given by the victim. It might be a fake number as well. We are trying to verify the same from the transport department,” the police officer added.
Meanwhile, the police have detained some drivers, plying on the route, for questioning.
The victim is a business executive with an MNC in Safdarjung Enclave and was staying with her family in Chirag Dilli, police said. – TOI.
In 2006, a girl from North East working in a Mall in Gurgoan was molested by a manager in work place. Police filed a case against the manager with molestation charges.
On December 12, 2005 a Manipuri woman in Gurgoan was almost dragged into truck at 6.30 pm. She manages to escape at the last minute. According to the police the woman was walking through main gate when a truck started following her. The driver offered a lift which she refused, but the truck continued to follow her as she walks into the colony of Sun City. After a while the truck driver and his cleaner started passing lewd remarks, forcing the woman to run into a narrow lane. Her pursuers got off from the vehicle and began chasing her and tried to drag her into the vehicle. The Manipuri women, however, manage to break free and run towards a nearby house. She rang the bell and sought refuge there. Said the investigating officer “neither the Sun City management nor the resident informed police and thus the investigation got delayed and the truck driver managed to flee and the guard could not chase them.”
On November 21, 2005 “Two youth arrested on Sunday for allegedly assaulting North East woman on Saturday night. They beat up her cousin brother after he tried to intervene,” reported TOI.
On November 18, 2005 “Two young men have been arrested on charges of harassing a North East girl,” reported The Hindu.
On November 17, 2005 a North East girl from Delhi University student was misbehaved by 20 years old youth when the girl had gone to the market accompanied by her brother and a friend that led to the protest from North East student.
On November 15, 2005 a Manipuri girl was molested by three youths in Nehru Vihar, Delhi. When the girl raise alarm, a crowd gathered but no one made any move to chastise the three men, who in turn raised voices and started threatening the victim before running away. The police were reluctant to file an FIR as the three youths were from the same locality which led to a mass protest by Manipur Student Association Delhi (MSAD).
On November 12, 2005 two women and a man from Nagaland were attacked by two young men in Delhi
On October 13, 2005 a FIR was filed by North East girl who stays in North Delhi hostel complaining against a person who physically assaulted and molested her while coming back from NSUD sports week.
On July 10, 2005 a girl from Manipur testified “I was returning from Dwarka after Church service. When I reach Chirag, Delhi I was eve teased by a man, when I ignored he said something in Hindi and caught my hand. Then when I tried to resist he slapped me thrice on my face. I started walking away crying but he came to me again , caught me on my breast and slapped me repeatedly saying that he resides in Chirag and it is his area. He threatened me with life and modesty if I complain.
On July 11, 2005 a 24 years old North East girl along with her friend, while coming back to her rented room was misbehaved and molested by a Taxi service owner at 3:30 PM. – HT.
On May 8, 2005 A Girl from the North East was raped in a moving car after being abducted from a roadside eatery in south Delhi’s busy Dhaula Kuan area.
Police said the accused bundled the victim into the steel-grey car at 2.15 a.m. Sunday and instructed the man at the wheel to drive around the city. Four men raped her by turns while the car moved through the city.
They changed cars on the way and dumped the girl two hours later near Nanakpura Gurdwara, close to the place from where they had abducted her. – IANS.