Chandigarh Stalking: Women Hold Protest For Freedom To Move Around 'Anytime'

Fatima Sana Sheikh

Fatima Sana Sheikh

The counsel of the accused, Surya Prakash, claims that his clients did not stalk Varika leave aside an allegations of attempted abduction.

Police arrested the duo after examining the CCTV footage of the incident, saying that they have sufficient evidence against the accused people.

The accused were sent to two-day police custody by a court here on Friday. Pleading for two-day remand, the public prosecutor told the court that the police needed to reconstruct the crime scene and find the motive behind stalking and attempt to abduct the 29-year-old disc jockey.

Kuldeep, who was one of the first from the Barala household to jump to Vikas' defence, had resorted to victim shaming Varnika.

There was a massive outrage on streets and in the Parliament regarding the stalking incident, with the Congress accusing the ruling party of protecting the accused.

On Wednesday, while addressing the media over the incident, DGP Chandigarh said that after a detailed interrogation of the two accused, the police has made a decision to add 2 more charges including an attempt to kidnap.

However, both were released from the jail after they got bail in the case.

A notice was issued to both the accused under 160 Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) and the case has been filed under Section 354D (stalking), 341 (wrongful restraint), 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and 185 MV Act (driving by a drunken person or by a person under the influence of drugs).

Subhash Barala broke his silence on the matter on Tuesday after being mute for over three days and said, Varnika "is like my daughter". He further stated that, Varnika "is like my daughter" and assured action against his son.

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