Seven persons, including a Shiromani Akali Dal leader, have been booked for allegedly beating up and molesting five Dalit women in Abohar in Punjab. A pregnant Dalit woman from Thakur Abadi area, Kajal, alleged that when she and three other Dalit women were picking rags from a street earlier this week, the Akali leader’s brother Vijay Ahuja accused them of committing theft in his house and started attacking.
But when they refuted the allegation, his accomplices dragged the women inside a house where they were allegedly thrashed and molested by miscreants who claimed they had instructions and support of SAD leader Ashok, the FIR says.
Abohar circle SAD president Ashok Ahuja, his brother Vijay Ahuja, Janak Raj Ahuja, Rajiv Bhatia, Sunny Bhatia and Ved Parkash are among those booked. Ashok had taken over as SAD “halqa incharge” following the arrest of liquor baron Shiv Lal Doda in the Bhim Tank murder case in January 2016. He also served as senior Vice-President in the Municipal Council.
“Five women were picking rags from a street on 24 July, when Vijay accused one of them, Kajal, of stealing things from his house, after which his accomplices thrashed the women,” DSP Gurbinder Singh said. Police identified the women as Sapna, Rekha and Radha along with Kajal.
In her complaint, Kajal has claimed that she had to be hospitalised after she started bleeding. “Two other women sustained injuries in the incident,” police said.
Meanwhile, BJP MLA Arun Narang defended the the accused describing it as a case of “political vendetta” claiming that Ashok and Janak were not present there and they had been “falsely” implicated.
“The accused, who are absconding, have been booked under relevant sections of the IPC. Police teams have been sent to several places to trace the accused,” he said.
According to The Tribune, a video that has gone viral shows four women surrounded by a dozen persons on the rooftop of a house. One of the persons carrying a lathi is seen forcing a woman remove her dupatta from her face and another is seen misbehaving with another woman.