“My hands shaking, my back spasming from fear, half in tears, half bewildered, because I didn’t know if I’d make it home tonight. Who knew when, or if, the cops would show up,” the woman, the daughter of a senior Haryana bureaucrat, wrote in a Facebook post prefaced ‘WAS ALMOST KIDNAPPED ON A CHANDIGARH ROAD’. The post, put up on Saturday, has been shared widely.
CCTV footage are missing of that night of road side cameras of that route where he chased that girl
IAS Officer Daughter was stalked by Haryana BJP president Subhash Barala’s son Vikas and his friend Ashish Kumar had gone to pick up her vehicle in Sector 9, Chandigarh; it was parked there owing to a malfunction. In the adjoining Sector 8, the stalking began, which eventually ended in their arrests.
“They offered apologies, but that means nothing. I am safe. Had they been able to harm me, would these apologies help?” said the woman, who is a DJ. “What they did was a grave crime, and they must face the consequences.”
She termed her last 12 hours as harrowing. “We have not slept.”
Her father, an IAS officer posted with the Haryana government, wrote on Facebook: “I will be failing in my duty as a father to my daughter if I did not stand with her completely in this matter… As a father of two daughters, I feel compelled to take this matter to its logical conclusion. The goons must be punished, and the law must take its course. As would be expected, the goons are from influential families. We all know most such cases of harassment go unpunished and even unreported. We know it’s not going to be an easy struggle.”
As the Opposition attacked the ruling BJP, demanding the removal of Subhash Barala as state party chief, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said, “This issue is not of Subhash Barala. It is an individual issue and law will take its own course.”