Two days after the Chandigarh stalking case sent shock-waves across India, some friends of BJP, which is the ruling party in Haryana, have begun shaming the alleged victim, the daughter of the Haryana government’s IAS officer.
Prashant P Umrao, a lawyer, posted several tweets mocking the girl, now identified as Vernika Kundu, by addressing her as the so-called ‘victim’ and even casting aspersion on the IAS officer’s integrity.
His tweets read, “So called victim daughter of IAS from Chandigarh with Vikas Barala. This story is as true as like Jasleen Kaur of Delhi & of Rohtak Sisters. Corrupt Bureaucracy is upset with Honest CM Khattar. That IAS Kundu is close to Hooda. BTW, Why no medical of Girl, was she also drunked? ”
In his subsequent tweet, Umrao demanded action against the girl for violating traffic rules since she had made a distress call while driving the car. He, however, did not explain what could be a better and safer option for a girl to call police while being allegedly chased and stalked at midnight.
He wrote, “Girl said she was talking at phone while driving, Offence U/S 184 of Motor Vehicles Act, 1988,Punishment jail upto 6 months & fine ₹ 1,000.”
The photo uploaded by Umrao was also posted on Facebook by one member of Vikas Barala’s family, who later deleted that post.
In her complaint, Kundu had alleged that Barala, the son of BJP’s Haryana chief, Subhash Barala, had stalked her with his friend at midnight in an attempt to kidnap her. The police patrol party had arrived just in time to save her.
Her father had then taken to Facebook to post an incredibly emotional account of his daughter’s ordeal adding that he would failing in his as a father if he did not take up the matter with all seriousness.
The Chandigarh Police, which reports to the Union Home Ministry, had shockingly dropped three non-bailable charges against Barala and his friend allegedly under pressure from senior BJP leaders to facilitate the alleged culprits’ release.
The BJP chief’s son, Vikas Barala, and his friend were arrested on Saturday for stalking and attempting to kidnap an IAS officer’s daughter. The three charges that have been dropped against the two are IPC sections, 341, 365 and 511, reported India Today.
IPC Section 341 deals with wrongful restraint while Section 365 is related to “kidnapping or abducting with intent secretly and wrongfully to confine person.” Section 511 of the IPC relates to “punishment for attempting to commit offences punishable with imprisonment for life or other imprisonment.”
Meanwhile, it has emerged that CCTV cameras were not functioning despite the area where the alleged crime took place being a posh neighbourhood.
A cop told news agency IANS, “It is strange that the CCTV cameras of such high-profile areas were not working. This seems to be a cover-up.”