DCW notifies Delhi Police of mobile phone theft

New Delhi, December 4 (IANS): Delhi Women’s Commission (DCW) Chairwoman Swati Maliwal has sent a notice to Delhi Police regarding the incident of mobile phone theft of a female counselor working in the Commission’s Crisis Intervention Center (CIC) program.

Maliwal said the commission had received a complaint from the adviser. In the complaint, the counselor said that as part of official work assigned to her by the CIC, she went to Seelampur Police Station to meet a complainant. Afterwards, when she left the police station and rode an electric rickshaw to Jag Pravesh Chandra Hospital to help a sexual assault survivor, she was attacked and robbed of her mobile phone.

“She informed me that three men riding bicycles had attacked her near Shastri Park Road and tried to snatch her cell phone from what was stuck in the moving rickshaw. She suffered multiple injuries as a result,” Maliwal said.

The pedicab driver took her to Shastri Park Police Station from where she was taken to Jag Pravesh Chandra Hospital and her MLC was completed.

“The consultants working at the Commission often work under extreme circumstances and have to deal with criminals. It was extremely unfortunate that a counselor assigned to assist a sexual assault survivor was herself attacked and had to be taken to hospital. said Maliwal.

Maliwal has now sent a notice to Shastri Park SHO Police Station requesting a report on the action taken. The Commission has requested the copy of the FIR along with details of the arrests made in this matter. The Commission also asked whether the counselor’s phone had been located and returned to her.

Maliwal explained: “Our advisors are working on the ground day and night to help women and girls in need. They often have to work under very adverse conditions and are confronted with criminals. Survivors of sexual assaults are unsafe in the capital. The counselor, who wanted to go to the hospital to help a survivor, ended up receiving medical treatment herself. I sent a report to the Delhi Police. The accused must be arrested immediately and dealt with severely.”