Four arrested over thrashing of Kashmiris in Delhi; victims say it was hate crime
NEW DELHI:On Saturday, a video went viral which showed that three women were surrounded and beaten up by a group of people.
Four persons have been arrested by Delhi police for thrashing five Kashmiris in southeast Delhi on Thursday night, a media report said.
According to a report in The Indian Express, the police said the “fight was over feeding stray dogs.”
The report said that based on the complaint, police has filed a case under IPC sections 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 354 A (sexual harassment and punishment for sexual harassment), 341 (punishment for wrongful confinement), 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt), 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) and 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman).
On Saturday, a video went viral which showed that three women were surrounded and beaten up by a group of people.
The video of the incident shows some people, including women, arguing with and assaulting the victims. One of the siblings is seen slumped next to a car and being pulled by someone in the crowd.
On Thursday, a 40-year-old man from Srinagar and his three sisters, who live in southeast Delhi’s Sunlight Colony, were beaten up by a group of residents who wielded sticks and allegedly called them ‘Kashmiri terrorists’.
The newspaper report quoting the police as having said that multiple complaints were filed from both sides and the residents alleged that the siblings would feed dogs in the vicinity, which attracted more canines and caused a menace.
A victim said, “Attackers raised slogans ‘Kashmiri terrorists go back’. People want us to leave this area. We are staying here for years on rent.”
“On Thursday, my fiancée, who is from Iran, had come to meet my sisters at home. We were going to drop her back to her hotel when some residents carrying sticks and batons blocked our way. They shouted at us saying you are a Kashmiri terrorist, go back. They beat me and my sisters.
When we took out our phones to record, they broke two of them. We had alerted police about the issue earlier, and told them that residents don’t want us staying here,” said the man, who has been staying on rent in Sunlight Colony’s Siddhartha Extension for over seven years,” a male victim was quoted as saying in the report.
“They targeted us only because we are Kashmiri,” he alleged.