Delhi crime: BJP leader booked for rape

New Delhi: A BJP leader who unsuccessfully contested the recent Delhi Assembly elections from Shakur Basti has been booked for allegedly molesting and sexually assaulting a woman while she was attached with an institute here, police said today.

According to police, SC Vats, who is chairman of an institute in the Pitampura area of north-west Delhi, has been booked under Sections 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) and 376 (rape) of IPC. In her complaint lodged at Maurya Enclave police station on January 28, the 33-year-old victim has alleged that Vats raped her on several occasions while she was working at the institute.

She also told police that the BJP leader allegedly used to pass remarks at her and threatened her with dire consequences if she told anyone about the assault.

The complainant said she quit her job in May, 2014, due to the continuous assaults and harassment by Vats. "Police have registered a case against Vats and further investigation is on," said Deputy Commissioner of Police (north-west), N Gananasambandan.

Vats, who was in Congress for several years, joined BJP in December last year and contested the recently-concluded elections from the Shakur Basti constituency. He was defeated by Aam Aadmi Party leader Satyendra Jain.

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