Delhi-based woman journalist, a recent victim of sexual harassment on Twitter by former Bollywood singer Abhijeet, has accused the Delhi Police of inaction and biases because of alleged pressure from the ruling BJP.
Swati Chaturvedi said that she had written to Delhi Police Commissioner ‘at least five times’ requesting him to transfer her FIR to Mumbai Police, but to no avail.
She said, “It’s astonishing that Delhi Police would so blatantly throw the rules of the window just because the perpetrator of the crime happens to be a fan of the ruling party, BJP. Mumbai Police office has told me on several occasions that they are ready to act against the singer only after the FIR is transferred to them.”
Delhi Police reports to the Ministry of Home Affairs in the central government.
Abhijeet, known for his gutter language and disdain for women and minorities, had used launched a tirade against Chaturvedi and jantakareporter.com’s editor-in-chief, Rifat Jawaid, after they objected to his tweet posted with an intention to cause communal riots in the country.
He had later threatened Rifat of physical harm on live TV, when he was reminded about what many felt was a despicable act.
Since then, the union minister, Maneka Gandhi has launched a special campaign inviting complaints of sexual harassment and online trolling of women users. The union minister for Women and Child Development was criticised by the abusive supporters from her own party for her decision to act against social media trolls.
The ruling BJP has always been criticised for promoting the culture of online intimidation particularly against women since Narendra Modi became the prime minister. Some users, notorious for launching unimaginable attacks against women on social media by using filthiest of language, are followed by Modi, who has refused to unfollow them despite widespread criticism.
This many feel is in direct conflict with the prime minister’s much-publicised campaign of beti bachao, beti padhao.