A Naga lawyer and others were assaulted on court premises
A large number of Northeast residents of the Capital took out a protest march to the Bar Council of India office here on Tuesday against the alleged molestation of a Naga woman lawyer last week by a lawyer and the subsequent assault on her friends and counsel by advocates at the Tis Hazari court.
So far, the police have registered two different cases. While Inder Narain, accused of molestation, was immediately arrested and subsequently released on bail, other lawyers, who allegedly thrashed those accompanying the victim during her court appearance last Friday, have not been arrested yet.
The protesters included various groups representing the Northeastern residents of the city and were supported by the Jawaharlal Nehru Union Students’ Union activists.
Blaming the police for inaction in the assault case, the students said it was because of the police’s attitude the attackers are roaming free. They also questioned the Delhi Police on some of the recent promises made to the people from the community.
Alleging that such actions by lawyers compromised the sanctity of the law, the protesters demanded that the BCI suspend the licence to practise of the accused.
Describing how the events in the court room panned out on the day of the incident, Maivio J. Woba, president of the Naga Students’ Union of Delhi, who was one of the victims, said they were chased down on the court premises and beaten up without any provocation.
The protesters were initially stopped a few metres away from the BCI office and after a discussion with the policemen present there, were allowed to go till the main gate. Finally, some of the representatives went inside and submitted a memorandum to the BCI office bearers. The BCI representatives assured them that their demands would be looked into.