Kolkata Police submitted a charge sheet against the taxi driver who was arrested earlier this month for harassing actor and Member of Parliament Mimi Chakraborty. She had alleged that the driver had passed lewd remarks at her.
Chakraborty said, “Some people might feel this whole thing happened so quickly because I am an MP. It is not like that. I went through all the procedures that one goes through. This episode sends out a signal… no one can get away by making lewd gestures or teasing women.”
Cops from Gariahat police station submitted the charge sheet once Chakraborty recorded her statement before a magistrate in court.
According to a report in Times of India, Deba Yadav, the 32-year-old accused, has been charged under IPC (Indian Penal Code) sections 354A for physical contact and advances involving unwelcome and explicit sexual overtures, 354D for stalking, and 509 for outraging the modesty of a woman. If found guilty, he could be jailed for up to three years. The accused is yet to get bail.
“With strong evidence in place, we filed the charge sheet fast,” said an officer, further adding, “Since we filed the charge sheet before he could secure bail, we will request a custody trial to set an example.”
The court will now either add, reduce or maintain the charges levied by the police after reviewing them along with the evidence submitted, reported The Telegraph.
Mimi Chakraborty harassed
Chakraborty was returning home in her car, driven by her chauffeur, when she noticed the accused winking at her. Initially, she ignored it. When he allegedly made another vulgar gesture, she asked her chauffeur to overtake the taxi and confronted the driver.
The actor then lodged an FIR at Gariahat Police Station against Yadav after alerting a traffic sergeant. Yadav was arrested in Panchannagram the next day.
Chakraborty later said that she was confident that the administration wouldn’t let the cab driver go without any charges. She said, “Thanks to Kolkata police, he is now in custody.”
The actor also had a message for women who faced similar situations. She said that speaking up and protesting against such people is very important. You can read more from here.
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Sagrika Giri is an intern with SheThePeople.TV.