HC stays arrest of female teacher who abused Dalits on social media
CHANDIGARH: The Punjab and Haryana high court has stayed the arrest of a Delhi-based woman who had allegedly abused Dalits for taking government jobs away from the upper castes. A video had gone viral recently in which the accused, Ruchi Singh, who is stated to be working as a teacher in Delhi, was seen claiming that reservations have created a caste imbalance in the society.
“The petitioner shall join the investigation and would come present as and when called for and in the event of arrest, she shall be admitted to interim bail on her furnishing personal and surety bonds to the satisfaction of the arresting/investigating officer,” ordered Justice Ramendra Jain of the high court while hearing the petition filed by Ruchi Singh last week. In her plea, she had sought directions to quash the FIR registered on May 17 at Sohna police station in Gurgaon under Section 3 of the SC and ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 and consequent proceedings arising out of the FIR. 6/7/2019 HC stays arrest of female teacher who abused Dalits on social media
Her counsel had also argued that remarks allegedly uttered by the petitioner were not uttered by her in public view. The counsel also contended that the complainant had no locus standi to file the complaint, as he was not present at the time of occurrence. Contesting her plea, the complainant, Niranjan Gautam, a resident of Aata village in Nuh district of Haryana, submitted that the police were helping the petitioner and intentionally not arresting her.
Hearing this, the high court adjourned the hearing of the case for October 22 and ordered a stay on the petitioner’s arrest. In her 40-seconds clips, which was recently viral in social media, the accused has been seen abusing a specific caste that falls under scheduled caste. She was also seen saying that had she born in that caste, she could have get a government job.
On May 17, the Sohna police registered a case on complaint of Gautam, who claimed to be the national president, Mission Against Atrocities over the social media post in which the woman was seen abusing the Dalit community. At the time of filing of FIR, she was not identified and the FIR was registered against an unidentified person. Later, she was identified by the cops. Fearing arrest in the case, the woman had approached the Punjab and Haryana high court.
Source : Times Of India