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Viral Video: Northeast Women In Delhi Allege Harassment By Men Asking Their “Rate”

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A video purportedly of some northeast women harassed in Hauz Khas village, a posh Delhi locale, by a few men who asked to know their “rate” is doing rounds on social media.

Deputy Commissioner of Police IP Singh in his recent statement said that an FIR has been registered in the case and the officials are trying to identify the culprits.

Shared by a thrift store account by the name Huckleberry Hangers, the incidents in the ten-minute-long video are claimed to be dated from July 18, occurring around 10 PM near the fort in Hauz Khas village. Alleging sexual harassment and racial discrimination, the description alongside the video recounts how four women were approached by a group of men who asked for their ‘”Rate” (my hourly charge as a sex worker).’

The video shows the women angrily questioning a few men over them asking for “rates”, while the men appear to make gestures of apology, say sorry and then walk away.

The Instagram account says the alleged harassment happened “just because we look different.”

The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) took cognisance of the case and on Wednesday issued a notice to the police pursuing an FIR. “It has been reported that no FIR has been registered in the matter so far. This is a very serious matter and needs to be dealt with very strictly,” the notice, undersigned by chief Swati Maliwal, reads.

The commission has sought information by July 25 in the case.

Video Of Row Viral As Northeast Women Harassed In Hauz Khas

Further on in their video, two women – identifying themselves as Astha and Neha – recount the incidents from the weekend that made them “question a lot of things” and that they were “disgusted.”

They alleged the police they approached following the said harassment were also “smiling” while they narrated the incident. One of the women further shares how when they tried to enter a restaurant to eat, a policeman asked if she was a “dancer.”

“We cannot trust people or anybody on the streets… If the stakeholders – the police – are smiling and smirking, what are we supposed to do? What are women supposed to do?” they ask.

A study by Jamia Millia Islamia in 2014 had found that 81 percent women from northeast India felt unsafe in Delhi owing to the daily discrimination they faced. From accommodation to travel and hesitation to approach police, northeast women had claimed they were disadvantaged in the city on many fronts.

During the pandemic, several such cases of racism against women from the northeast are being reported. Last year in March in North Delhi, a man allegedly spat on a Manipuri woman and called her “corona.” Delhi Police had arrested the man the same month.

Image: Huckleberry Hangers / Instagram IGTV