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Aam Adhmi Party to Move SC on Rape case FIR protest. seeking justice for AAP workers allegedly assaulted by Gokulpuri police

AAP to move SC on police assault

TNN | Jun 25, 2013, 12.27 AM IST

NEW DELHI: Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said he would move the Supreme Court seeking justice for AAP workers who were allegedly assaulted by the staff of Gokulpuri police station on June 19. The workers had gone there to demand registration of an FIR in a gang rape case.

"Police targeted our workers because we have pushed them to take action in several rape cases earlier. We will file an affidavit with the Supreme Court, demanding judicial intervention for proper investigation in the case and compensation for the victims," Kejriwal said.

The AAP workers were protesting against the gang rape of a Bihari woman. "Instead of filing an FIR, police personnel beat them up and arrested 18 people on false charges," the AAP chief said. Those arrested included three girls, one of whom was earlier slapped by an ACP during protests against the rape of a five-year-old girl, he added.

The girls now allegedly face charges of rioting and destruction of public property. among other sections of the law. These girls were part of the group of volunteers of Aam Admi Party that parked itself in Gokulpuri police station on June 19 demanding that the police register an FIR in an alleged case of rape and questioning them for the delay.

Rishikesh Kumar, advocate for AAP, said, "The police told the media on the day of the incident that the girls were not named in the FIR as they were minors but now these girls face cases." On Monday, the girls appeared before Juvenile Justice Board and were let off after submitting an undertaking.

Addressing the media the girls who are students of class 9, 11 and 12 alleged that even male police officers assaulted girls and women who protested at the police station over delay in registration of FIR in the
alleged rape case. Taking up their cause Kejriwal said that his party will take the matter to the Supreme Court now. He was flanked by AAP workers, allegedly assaulted by police, who have come out on bail. Many of them had their hands and legs heavily bandaged and marks of bruises on their body. Sharing their stories, they claimed police had targeted them willfully.