CRIMES AGAINST WOMEN

Delhi Police arrest man on rape charge after Rajnath Singh orders inquiry into assault video

The man is believed to be the son of a Delhi Police sub-inspector.

A video of a man beating a woman in Delhi went viral on social media on Friday, prompting Home Minister Rajnath Singh to order a police investigation into the matter. The police have arrested the accused, identified as Rohit Tomar, who is believed to be the son of a Delhi Police sub-inspector, ANI reported. He was charged with rape and criminal intimidation in two separate cases.

The police said the video was shot on September 2 in Uttam Nagar, PTI reported.

Singh said he had taken note of the video. “I have spoken to the Delhi Police Commissioner [Amulya Patnaik] over the phone and directed him to take necessary action in this regard,” Singh tweeted.

The Delhi Commission for Women has also issued a notice to the police, and said appropriate sections were not included in the First Information Report. The commission asked the police to respond to the notice by September 17.

The police said they traced the accused based on a complaint filed by another woman who accused Tomar and his father of harassing and threatening her, the Hindustan Times reported. This woman had also showed the police the video of Tomar beating up the first woman. The police had reportedly arrested the accused but released him on bail soon after.

Police personnel then tracked down the woman in the video and recorded her statement. She also alleged that Tomar had raped her, according to a police statement.

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