New Delhi: The Delhi High Court Monday refused to entertain a plea seeking quashing of an FIR lodged by a woman constable against three youths who had allegedly molested her.
Justice Pratibha Rani dismissed the plea for quashing the FIR moved by the youths, after they had entered into a compromise with the woman, saying it was a serious offence and that too against a police officer.
Additional Public Prosecutor Rajdipa Behura, appearing for the police, had earlier brought to the court's attention that the woman in the present case was a constable.
With the court refusing to quash the FIR, the three will have to face trial for the offences under sections 341 (punishment for wrongful restraint), 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) and 34 (common intention) of IPC.
The court had earlier observed that if female police officers are not safe from molestation how would women fare.
The incident occurred in 2013, when the woman was molested around 10 pm near west Delhi's Mayapuri area, while she was returning home from work.
The accused youths had chased the woman and apart from passing derogatory and lewd remarks, had also caught hold of her hands.
However, when she had resisted and shouted that she was a cop, the trio had fled the scene.
After lodging an FIR, police had found that the accused resided in the same area as the woman.
After the youths had apologised and some others intervened, the woman had compromised the matter with them.
Thereafter, the trio had moved the high court seeking quashing of the FIR.
The court had not only rapped the accused for not respecting women, it also remarked that the woman constable should have taught them a lesson then and there.
"If a Delhi Police officer can't walk on the street what will happen to common girls," the court had asked.
It had also refused to heed the apologies tendered by the accused in the open court.