VICTORY UPDATE: 23 March 2020
People power won. We won. Again.
Public pressure created by members like you and court order forced the Neb Sarai police station to file an FIR in a sexual harassment case.
Honestly, this campaign has seen it all -- alleged bribes, police threats and even a Corona pandemic!
It was very important that the FIR was lodged before Delhi shuts down following precautions against the Coronavirus. Police have been evading the case for over six months now and a court shutdown would have meant more financial burden on the complainant.
I still remember the day when the complainant called me late one night with police trying to barge into her house. She was scared for herself and for her infant daughter.
That was the night we knew we needed to put more pressure on the authorities to take this case forward. We wrote letters to the Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD) who in turn directed the Commissioner to file a report.
I made calls to the Deputy Commissioner of Police, South asking him why the case wasn’t filed. While members like you were supporting us online, we continued to take your voice to police and ministries to act. Do help us keep up this work with your monthly donations.
This is not an isolated victory for us. This came at the time when we needed a push to keep our spirits high during the times of global chaos. This assured us in many ways, that mobilisation and public solidarity can stand the test of time.
We want to take the energy and motivation from this victory over to the coming year -- We are set to launch a long-term strategic campaign to increase gender-sensitivity among the police in India.
Let’s together make sure we aim for the highest standards of women’s safety in India. We won’t be here without you. A monthly donation will make sure we keep up the work.
We need public advocacy now more than ever. And if the COVID-19 pandemic has shown us anything - it’s that it’s going to take all of us coming together to get through tough times. Let’s keep fighting for justice and the women in our country.
UPDATE: 19 Feb 2020
I am in awe of the resilience of the Delhi-based sexual harassment complainant right now.
She is not only battling a court case but is also dealing with alleged threats made against her by the same police that is supposed to guarantee her safety.
“FIR is my right and I don’t want to step down before that happens”, she said when I spoke to her yesterday.
It started in September 2019 when she was denied a sexual harassment FIR at Delhi’s Neb Sarai police station.
I remember her telling me that if her husband is by her side, she will fight for it. However, the police have arrested the husband in a separate so-called fraud case.
She has decided not to back off. She has her legal fee of over Rs 50,000 to cover to take the proceedings ahead. Tell her she is not alone.
Your donations will cover her legal fee and other logistical expenses to hire a lawyer, travel back and forth to Delhi and her own well-being.
The victory of this campaign will send out a strong message that police cannot get away with not filing an FIR. Do consider donating.
UPDATE: 03 Feb 2020
The Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD) has intervened in this case and asked Delhi police commissioner Amulya Patnaik "to take urgent necessary action in the matter and send the Action Taken Report (ATR) to the Ministry of WCD to appraise the Office of the Hon'ble Minister."
However, the police has still not obliged to the directives of the MWCD. The case is also open with the National Commission for Women (NCW).
The complainant is currently a single mother with an infant since her husband has been arrested by the police in an alleged false case to break her spirit and withdraw her complaint.
The matter and authority lie in the hands of MWCD and NCW. We need to push them to act immediately as the complainant is running out of time, money and zeal to keep up the pressure alone.
Let’s tell her we are with her.
UPDATE: 09 Dec 2019
The Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD) has intervened in the case and asked Amulya Patnaik "to take urgent necessary action in the matter and an send the Action Taken Report (ATR) sent to the Ministry of WCD to appraise the Office of the Hon'ble Minister."
Your signatures have done wonders again. The ministry has not only asked to take action but it also wants a report back from the commissioner himself.
Let's sustain the pressure and make Delhi Police file the FIR for the Delhi-based harassment survivor
UPDATE: 26 Nov 2019
The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has asked the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), South to take charge and file an FIR for the Neb Sarai sexual harassment complainant.
Tweet at DCP, South Atul Kumar Thakur to ensure swift action on her case.
The complainant’s RTI to Delhi Police headquarters also instructs DCP, South to “reply directly to the applicant” in the case.
You can take it from me that this mother of a three-month-old child is one brave woman. All my conversations with her have been around finding the right solution to get her case registered.
She is under a lot of pressure with threats and intimidation to get her to back down. Tell DCP, South that a woman has been denied her right to redressal and we expect justice from him.
The DCP, South Atul Kumar Thakur is known for his commitment to solve cases. So, pick your tweet and give him the needed push in the case:
DATE: 12 Nov 2019
**Trigger content warning**
“The Station House Officer (SHO) threatened me that if I do not withdraw the sexual harassment complaint, my husband would be implicated in some serious false charges and he will make our life hell and miserable.”
A Delhi-based woman wanted to file a sexual harassment complaint against a doctor, who is also her landlord and her husband’s employee.
The account of her ordeal at the police station is nothing short of horrifying -- her phone was taken from her, a woman constable slapped her so hard that her baby fell from her lap sustaining injuries. To top that, Neb Sarai Station House Officer Naresh Solanki forced her to withdraw her complaint.
The police has the legal responsibility to file an FIR on receipt of a sexual harassment complaint. Ask Amulya Patnaik, Commissioner of Police, Delhi to abide by the law and immediately file an FIR.
This is not the first time that Solanki has intimidated women from lodging complaints. Previously, Solanki faced criticism for forcing the complainant who accused Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi of sexual harassment to apologise.
Every time we stay quiet, officers like Solanki get away with bullying and intimidation. If we don’t make a noise now, by bringing this case to the attention of superiors like the Police Commissioner, we allow more women to face harassment at police stations.
We recently had a victory with Symbiosis Law School, Hyderabad (SLS-H) campaign where we got the Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD), National Commission for Women (NCW) and University Grants Commission (UGC) to intervene and follow due process in resolving a sexual harassment case at Symbiosis Law School (SLS).
We know that when we rally support behind complainants, we are able to generate pressure on government officials to do their job and follow due process.
Lodging a complaint is the very first step in getting justice -- women should not have to face harassment and blackmail for wanting to do what is their right. Delhi Police must file and FIR and take disciplinary action against SHO Naresh Solanki.
SHO Allegedly Pressurised Sexual Harassment Victim to Withdraw Complaint -- News Click