A new CCTV footage shows lawyers clashing and allegedly molesting DCP North Monika Bhardwaj. The video shows how she was heckled by the lawyers and how they clashed with her and other police officers. Following which the police including DCP Bhardwaj backs away owing to the sheer force of the lawyers as they run towards the police.
Republic TV spoke to NCW chief Rekha Sharma who said that such incidents were unacceptable. She also criticised the lawyers and said that the NCW will write to the Bar Council to probe the matter and cancel licences of those involved. She said that she will be writing to Delhi's Commissioner of Police.
"It is really unfortunate. I could never imagine that educated people like lawyers can behave with a woman like this, on a day when in newspapers we have reports that there is a shortage of women in the police, where the government says there should be 33% women but there are 10-12% in all over the states," NCW chief Rekha Sharma said about the incident.
Furthermore, she went on to say, "How can women come to (join police) if people behave like this with a women officer. She had gone to take cognisance of law and order in that place. And she was manhandled and molested by these advocates. This was not acceptable to me. When I saw the video I just could not accept this. We will be writing to the Commissioner of Police Delhi and file a separate FIR on this incidence and not club it with other incidents, and also do a separate inquiry. This was totally unacceptable to me and to others also. This is not to be taken lightly," Sharma said. "We are writing to the Bar Council to do an inquiry and also cancel the licence of all those who had misbehaved with her. They were actually behaving like gons and not advocates," she added.