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If I Don't Stand up For my Child, Who Will: IAS Officer Whose Daughter Was Harassed by Haryana BJP Chief's Son

Two persons, including the son of Haryana's BJP chief, were arrested and released on bail soon after for allegedly stalking a senior IAS officer's daughter girl in Chandigarh on Friday night.

Jyoti Kamal | CNN-News18jyotik

Updated:August 6, 2017, 5:05 PM IST
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If I Don't Stand up For my Child, Who Will: IAS Officer Whose Daughter Was Harassed by Haryana BJP Chief's Son
The woman was chased and harassed by Vikas Barala (in pic), son of Haryana BJP chief Subhash Barala.
Chandigarh: Day after his 29-year-old daughter narrated a horrific tale of her being stalked and harassed in the heart of 'one of the safer cities', Chandigarh-based IAS officer told CNN-News18 that it is his duty as a father to take a stand.

The senior IAS officer said that, given his position with the Haryana government, it would be extremely sad if he fails to rectify the system. He added that he still believes in the judiciary's ability to deliver justice.

Late on Friday night, the woman was chased and harassed by Vikas Barala, son of Haryana BJP chief Subhash Barala and his friend in a car for over seven kilometres. The accused even tried to stop her car several times and enter it.

"A lot of people have been telling me that the police would try to dilute the case that has been registered by my daughter. However, I would say that as a citizen of this country, I expect the system to deliver. I strongly believe that the system works and that is why my daughter is safe and alive. At this point, I have no reason to presume that it won't deliver," he said.

Haryana Chief Minister ML Khattar's advisor Jawahar Yadav told CNN-News 18, "Barala has made it clear that he will stand by the judicial process."

The IAS officer added, "The boys must be punished. I obviously do not want their families to suffer. I do not know why they did it, under the influence of liquor or whatever. But if these boys believe that they can get away with anything because they come from influential families, then that has to change."

Chandigarh being the capital of two states, boasts of a massive police force, thus making it one of the most secure places in India. On Friday night, the 29-year-old disc jockey was on her way home towards Panchkula, when Barala's white SUV started following her. The vehicle picked speed and started blocking her way. The men then came out and tried to open the girl’s car, but thankfully it was locked.

She sped away and called the police, who guided her through the traffic and managed to get the aid of patrolling officers.

"I have a support system behind me and so can take a stand. Any father whose child is abused or threatened would like to take a stand. However, due to their circumstances many cannot afford to do the same. I don't expect a class IV employee to take a stand. However, since I have the ability to do so, I will take a stand on behalf of my daughter and against those who believe they can get away with abuse," added the Haryana IAS officer.
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