Woman tweets, stalker auto driver held

An autorickshaw driver was arrested by Delhi Police after a Noida-based lifestyle photographer took to Twitter to narrate her ordeal of harassment while travelling alone on Thursday.

The top brass of Delhi Police took immediate action after Commissioner Bhim Sain Bassi noticed the tweet late on Thursday. A case of stalking was filed with Nangloi police station on Friday.

“I’m still reeling from the speed and efficiency with which this was handled. Within 20 hours of my posting a TWEET. I can’t get over it. Just can’t. This must become the NORM,” the woman tweeted on Friday.

She claims the ‘lewd auto driver’ followed her car for many kilometres before crashing into it in south Delhi. Despite being in a scary and terrifying situation, she somehow managed to take photographs of the auto driver and the vehicle’s number plate.

The woman used her phone’s selfie mode to take the auto driver’s photo while stopped at a traffic signal.

The auto driver tried to cover the vehicle’s number plate when she got down and told him about the photo. She proceeded to shoot with her mobile phone.

She got back into the car and started driving. “He continued to follow me for some more kilometres even sidling up to my door and leching,” the woman wrote.

“These kinds of harassment where there really isn’t any proof of harm are the hardest to complain about. Makes me hate this city,” she added.

On Thursday, the woman’s friends suggested to her to file an online complaint, but she was not sure as there was no physical harm.

Late on Thursday, the Delhi Police Commissioner noticed the tweet and asked the woman to contact his staff officer, Deputy Commissioner of Police Sanjay Kumar Tyagi.

On Friday, the woman was contacted by Deputy Commissioner of Police (West) Pushpendra Kumar. She was requested to send a complaint through email.

The SHO of Nangloi police station later contacted the woman and told her that an investigating officer will be sent to her house in Noida. Sub-inspector Ajay Kumar of Nangloi police station recorded her statement.

“The auto driver was identified and nabbed on Friday. A case has been filed over the woman’s statement with Nangloi police station,” said Kumar.

The accused has been identified as Sabir, a resident of Nangloi. He faces charges under section 354-D (stalking) of the  Indian Penal Code.

“I’m in awe of how this turned out. I didn’t expect anything at all and the auto driver got picked up by police,” the woman tweeted. She will now give her statement before a magistrate at north Delhi’s Tis Hazari Court.

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