A man has been arrested on charges of assaulting and molesting a woman in Maharashtra’s Pune district during a brawl at a vaccination center, police said today. The sarpanch has claimed that the suspect is an NCP employee.
The case was registered at Loni Kalbhor Police Station after a video of the incident went viral on social media.
The incident took place on Friday morning as the sarpanch tried to end a fight between the suspect and another person at a vaccination center in the village near Pune, an official said.
The accused allegedly beat the sarpanch and also threatened her with dire consequences, he said, citing the FIR.
A case was registered under Sections 354 (Adversary or criminal assault against a woman with intent to offend her modesty), 323 (Penalty for voluntary infliction of pain), 504 Intentional insult with intent to provoke violation of the peace) and 506 (Penalty for Criminal Harassment) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), the official added.
The suspect was arrested and later released on bail, he said.
The accused also filed a complaint against the sarpanch, after which an unrecognizable offense was registered against her and her supporters, the official said.
Maharashtra BJP leader Chitra Wagh met the sarpanch in her village on Sunday.
“The NCP is trying to pressure me during various routine activities, even when planning vaccinations for the village,” the sarpanch told a news conference. She claimed that the local government was not aware of this incident.
“This is a shocking incident. The sarpanch has not received any help from the government. Even Hasan Mushrif, who is the Minister of Rural Development in the government of Maharashtra, has not been informed of the incident,” she claimed.
Citing several cases, she claimed that the ruling party (Shiv Sena) appears to have prepared laws to bail out their MLAs and other party employees.
“In this case, they are trying to save the accused. Has CM (Uddhav Thackeray) given a special right to the party whose member is a minister of interior to mistreat women?” she asked without naming any party.
The NCP is one of the three parts of the government of Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA), which also includes the Shiv Sena and the Congress.