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NE Siblings Assaulted In South Delhi

NEW DELHI, Apr 14: A brother-sister duo from Manipur was allegedly beaten up by their neighbor in south Delhi after they had an argument with the latter on Tuesday night. The man had allegedly installed a camera with which he was videotaping the woman‘s movements. The siblings, who have been residing in Bablu Chowk in Munirka for the last one year, were rushed to the AIIMS Trauma Centre after the incident. A case of voluntarily causing hurt and insulting the modesty of a woman has been registered against the neighbor in the Vasant Vihar police station. The woman works in a catering company, while her brother works in an MNC in Gurgaon.

The 28-year-old woman has alleged the man had videotaped her earlier, too. “Last year, we discovered a spy camera that he had installed on the balcony to view the inside of our house. My brother-in-law had severed the wire and it is in my possession ever since. We had asked him not to repeat it and he had apologized. But he didn’t change: he would make lewd gestures at me whenever I’m out on the balcony. On Tuesday night, when I was filling my water cooler, he passed some dirty comments. My brother was furious and told him to watch his mouth but he retorted back and even threatened to kill us,” the woman told Times City.

She added: “We locked ourselves in; but when we heard him and a few other men banging our door, we sought refuge in another neighbor’s house. That didn’t work and they broke in and beat up my brother and brother-in-law with cricket bats, stumps and hockey sticks. We both received multiple stitches and my brother fell unconscious.”

When Times City visited the area, it was found that the brother had been shifted to Daya Memorial Hospital in Munirka. He could barely speak and was under observation. “He has received 12 stitches on the head; there is a canal compromise on his spine as well apart from multiple other injuries. There are two cuts on the head in the front of the parietal region and our neurosurgeon will be looking at the patient,” said Dr Hafsa Bashir at the hospital.

The woman and her family claimed that the police had dragged their heels in registering a case and had included only smaller sections of hurt in the case whereas more grievous sections should have been added. An FIR was formally registered on Wednesday evening. Senior cops, however, argued that they were only doing their duty. “We can only register a case as per law. Allegations that mild sections have been added are totally baseless as the MLC states that the injuries are simple. In fact, the locals are complaining that we have not registered their case,” said a senior officer on condition of anonymity.

DCP (south) H G S Dhaliwal claimed a case has been registered as per the MLC and investigation is underway.

Meanwhile, Madhu Chandra, the spokesperson of The Northeast Support Centre and Helpline said: “There have been innumerable racial attacks on people from the Northeast living in Munirka. The police have totally failed to stop violence.”

(Courtesy: Indrani Basu, TNN)

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