A woman alleged that she was sexually harassed and beaten during a dispute over entering a club in South Extension 1 on September 18. The club’s management denied his claim and said Delhi police personnel were trying to extort money from them over the matter.
Chandan Chowdhary, DCP (South) said that at 2.14am on September 18, a call was received at Kotla Mubarakpur thana police station regarding alleged misconduct with a woman in a club. When police arrived on the scene, the woman, in her 20s, told them that two bouncers and a manager ripped her clothes off, punched her and touched her inappropriately after a argument about entering the institution.
According to the police, the people named by them were not present at the time and efforts are being made to find them.
The woman was taken to the AIIMS trauma center for medical examination as she also complained of bruised knees and toothache.
Based on the medical-legal report, a file was filed under articles 323 of the CPI (penalty for intentionally causing injury) 354A (sexual harassment) 354B (undressing of the woman) 509 (speech/gesture aimed at insulting the modesty of the woman) and 34 (common intention). Police said the CCTV footage was being analyzed and the woman’s statement had been recorded in Saket court.
They added that on Saturday, when police left on the basis of another row complaint at the club, seven people who allegedly tried to arrest them were arrested.
DCP Chowdhary added: “It is pertinent to note that in 2019 a case under IPC Sections 186 (obstruction of an official), 353 (criminal force against an official) and 34 (common intent) was filed with the provisions of the Delhi Excise Act against the bar owner, his son and staff… When Excise staff came to raid they were assaulted and locked in the bar for several hours by the owner and his staff… They were released when the local police intervened in the case.
Club officials denied the allegations and said: “Three women and four men had come who were intoxicated and misbehaving with our staff… Some officers from the police station are extorting large sums from us over this and some of our staff were also beaten by them. We filed a complaint with senior officials about this.
Asked about the allegation made by the club, DCP said the matter was being investigated.