Student from North-East Molested in Delhi; Her Friends Assaulted at Court

New Delhi: In a shocking incident on court premises in the national capital, three people including a woman lawyer were assaulted at the Tis Hazari court on Friday afternoon, allegedly by a mob of about 30 lawyers. The trio had gone to the court in connection with a molestation case filed by a student from the North East against an advocate.

On Thursday night, a woman from Nagaland, studying at the Delhi University was allegedly molested by a lawyer at the Vishwavidyalaya Metro Station in North Delhi. The alleged accused was apprehended by bystanders and handed over to the police.

On Friday, when two of the student's friends who are members of the North East Union and a woman lawyer representing her, went to court, they were brutally attacked.

According to the student's lawyer, the accused and some of his associates chased her for a while after which they slapped her and threatened her if she pursued the case any further.

"We could do a lot more but we have spared you," she said the mob told her.

One of the friends suffered major injuries on his face. He was admitted to a hospital by the police, but was later released. The other friend was slapped inside the court in front of a judge, following which chaos broke out in the court. The police who were outnumbered by the lawyers were eventually able to rescue the students.

A complaint has been filed at the Sabzi Mandi police station near Tis Hazari. The main accused in the molestation case is out on interim bail.

FIRs have been registered against 20 to 30 unnamed lawyers; only one lawyer has been named and identified in the report.

The FIRs have been registered under sections 147 (punishment for rioting), 149 (unlawful assembly), 341 (punishment for wrongful restraint), 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) and 354 (sexual harassment).
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