Delhi: 3 minors arrested for molesting a pregnant Myanmar refugee


New Delhi: A 23-year-old refugee from Myanmar, who is pregnant, was allegedly sexually assaulted by three minors in southwest Delhi’s Dabri Friday night. The woman also alleged that the accused hit her on the head with a brick. The incident took place within 200 metres from Dabri police station.

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Police said the woman was walking home with her husband in Dabri’s Sitapuri Extension when the incident took place. Deputy Commissioner of Police (southwest) Surender Kumar said, “The three were on a scooty when they spotted the couple walking on the road. One of the accused touched the woman inappropriately and made indecent remarks. When the couple protested, the second accused threw a brick at the woman’s head. All three tried to flee the spot but the husband gave chase and caught hold of one of them.”

He added that the other two minors were apprehended later. “The woman was taken to Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital and treated,” said Kumar. A case was registered under sections 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 308 (attempt to commit culpable homicide) and 34 (common intention) of the IPC at Dabri police station.

“The three accused minors were presented before the Juvenile Justice Board Friday. Due to the nature of the crime, we have requested the court to try the 16-year-old and 17-year-old as adults,” said the DCP. Recounting the incident, the woman’s husband said, “We were on our way home when the three boys stopped their scooty near us and made indecent remarks about my wife. They sexually assaulted her and hit her on the head with a brick… I ran and caught one of them. My wife had to get four stitches.”

The woman said she came to India in 2009 along with her two sisters and mother in search of a better life. She works in a nearby factory. Lying on her bed, her head wrapped in bandages, she said she has been in pain since the incident.

The woman’s sisters also said they constantly face harassment. The youngest sister, who studies in Class X, said boys in the area make indecent comments whenever she walks on the road. “When I heard about the incident, I ran to the spot and found one of the accused being taken to the station. I slapped him twice and asked him why he assaulted my sister. He had no answer,” she said.

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