AAP MLA Dinesh Mohaniya Arrested on Charges of Sexual Harassment

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Aam Aadmi Party MLA Dinesh Mohaniya.

Aam Aadmi Party MLA Dinesh Mohaniya. Credit: Facebook.

New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Dinesh Mohaniya was today arrested on charges of molestation and sexual harassment amidst high drama while he was addressing a press conference, triggering an angry reaction from Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal who accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of declaring an “emergency” in Delhi.

Mohaniya, who is also the vice chairman of the Delhi Jal Board, was virtually dragged away from his seat by a police official when he was talking to reporters at his office in Khanpur in south Delhi, at around 12:10 pm.

“Mohaniya has been arrested under Sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 506 (criminal intimidation), 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman), 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 354 A (sexual harassment), 354 B (assault or use of criminal force to woman with intent to disrobe) and 354 C (voyeurism),” said joint commissioner of police (south-east), R.P. Upadhyay.

Reacting to the arrest, Kejriwal said in a tweet, “Modi declares emergency in Delhi. Arresting, raiding, terrorising, filing false cases against all those whom Delhi elected (sic).”

In another tweet, he said, “Dinesh mohaniya arrested from his press conference in front of all TV cameras. What msg does Modi want to give to everyone? (sic)

Mohaniya is the eighth AAP MLA to be arrested by Delhi police since the party came to power for the second time in Delhi in February 2015.

The MLA was booked on June 23 for allegedly misbehaving with a group of women, who approached him with a complaint regarding water crisis in their locality. An FIR under Sections 323, 506 and 509 was registered in south Delhi’s Neb Sarai police station.

The police added Sections 354 (assault or criminal force on woman), 354 A (making sexually coloured remarks), 354 (assault or use of criminal force to woman with intent to disrobe) and 354 C (any man who watches, or captures the image of a woman engaging in a private act) of the IPC after two of the complainants presented themselves before a magistrate yesterday and their statements were recorded under Section 164 of the Criminal Procedure Code.

In their statements, the women alleged that Mohaniya also molested them during the tussle on June 22 when they had gone to complain to him about water problems they faced.

In their complaint, they had earlier told the police that the MLA and his men had verbally abused them and threatened them.

Another case has been registered against Mohaniya at Govindpuri police station for allegedly slapping a 60-year-old man in Tughlaquabad area on June 25.

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  • Bhagmal Chauhan

    Democracy is something that takes long while to build but very little time to destroy.
    Crackdown at elected representatives (MLAs) JNU is particularly worrisome not only because a student was arrested and several others forced underground because they dared to express their opinion. This had happened only twice before: upon the proclamation of the Emergency regime in 1975 and during the last term in office of Indira Gandhi, which will be remembered as a period of near authoritarianism. It is also important because of the message that it sends: expressing opinions that are at variance with the government’s notion of national interest will not be tolerated. If you were a student at one of India’s universities, would you now dare raise the issue of, for example, human rights in Kashmir, if for your pains incarceration awaits? Fortunately, many will be brave enough to risk jail; but many others will understandably succumb to the growing climate of fear.
    Is India’s democracy in danger? My tentative answer is may be. Because, trio’s body language is not on the track, more, a Present, Pranab Mukharjee custodian of constitution have surrendered in front them. The reason best known to him. Its democratic institutions are much stronger than Italy’s in the 1920s. But this does not mean that the dangers should be underestimated: democracy is something that takes a long while to build, but very little time to destroy. War between Dr. Swamy, v/s government (BJP) v/s others may increase the density of pressure on PM, Modi that may turn situation worsed during the days to come.