Chandigarh: Chandigarh Police has confirmed that it has retrieved CCTV footage of the stalking and attempt to kidnap by Haryana BJP chief’s son Vikas Barala and his friend, who followed a young woman car on her way home and are said to have even attempted to kidnap her. It later emerged she was an IAS officer’s daughter.
“The Chandigarh Police have retrieved footage of five CCTV cameras on the route, capturing the chase of victim’s vehicle by the alleged vehicle of the accused,” a Chandigarh Police officer was quoted as saying. He confirmed that the footage showed the victim’s car being followed by a white SUV. The police had received flak earlier on Monday after they said the CCTVs along the route were non-functional.
There were 5 CCTV cameras along the route Varnika, the girl took that night, but earlier they were said to have mysteriously ‘malfunctioned’. But now footage from 2 cameras have come forward.
The chase of her car by their white car is clearly established in the video. As per her complaint, they even tried to block her car at two signals at which the two cars stopped. Later they got out of their car and began knocking on her car and tried opening her door.
Shamefully, some BJP elements have tried ‘victim shaming’ by putting her old photos with two guy friends on Facebook and falsely claimed this was the girl with Barala and his brother!
Some even asked what she was doing out so late at night. Shaina NC also tweeted making a statement against the girl but later she deleted it, saying ‘her account had been hacked.’
Varnika, who is one of the few woman DJs in Chandigarh, is upset over such BJP sponsored posts questioning her lifestyle.
It was her courageous decision to not remain anonymous and come forth and speak openly in front of cameras.
“Why should I hide my identity when I am the survivor and not the accused?” she asked while talking to the media on Monday, two days after living through a nightmare on the streets of Chandigarh.
“After stalking me for more than 25 minutes, the two boys said sorry to me in front of the police and tried to convince me not to register a case,” the girl said, adding, “But I decided go ahead and file a complaint about the episode which left me frightened.”
Despite Vikas belonging to an influential family of the region, Varnika is not concerned that her stalkers got bail. “I am not looking for justice only for myself. I have stood up for all girls. From now on, boys should think twice before behaving like this,” she said.