As the investigation on the Chandigarh stalking case continues, with Haryana BJP Chief Subhash Barala’s son Vikas Barala being the prime accused, the saffron party leader has been, in many instances, seen using his political might to defend his son. Ironically, after taking oath as the Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) from Tohana in 2014, the Haryana BJP Chief had promised to work for ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’. To add more to it the board to display his name outside his residence also has the save daughter, educate daughter logo. But the minister is seemingly more dedicated to ‘Beta Bachao’ (save the son) when his own son got booked for allegedly stalking an IAS officer’s daughter.
In another video, which is said to be dated February 2016, Barala at a function at Tohana, was seen saying that he won’t tolerate violence against women inside the home or outside. However, in this case, the victim’s father Virender Kundu claimed to have received several calls from the BJP leader. Kundu was quoted by Indian Express, saying, “I don’t have his number on my phone, but I knew it was him through Truecaller (app). I did not take any of his calls because I knew what he was going to say. Till the time the BJP is in power, they will not forget. This action by me will be taken as an act against the party… I have told my daughters to be careful when they go out… Someone could even slip a drug packet into their purse just to trap them.”
Vikas Barala, who according to sources has admitted the stalking charges against him, reportedly wept today after he was been presented in the court following his arrest for allegedly attempting to kidnap a woman in Chandigarh last week.
Varnika Kundu, the 29-year old daughter of an IAS officer alleged that she had been stalked for about seven kilometres for 30 minutes at midnight on August 4 by Haryana BJP chief Subhash Barala’s son Vikas Barala and his friend Ashish Kumar. As reported by the Indian Express, the FIR stated, “To the SHO, Police Station Sector 26, Chandigarh. Subject — Complaint regarding harassment and attempt to kidnap and outrage the modesty of a girl.”
Indian Express further quoted the woman saying, “To me, it was very clear that these boys intended to abduct me even tried to open the door. Kindly file an FIR under the appropriate sections of law.” However, the police denied including strong charges of attempt to suicide against the alleged and instead put bailable charges like, stalking and wrongful restraint in the FIR, following which the accused were both released on bail.
By: Priyam Mukhopadhyay