On August 5, BJP Haryana president Subhash Barala's son Vikas Barala was arrested along with a friend by Chandigarh police on charges of stalking a girl, daughter of a senior Haryana cadre IAS officer, who shared her traumatic experience in a Facebook post.
Vikas and his friend Ashish were later released on bail.
Now, the girl and her father have taken to Facebook to tell their side of the story.
Describing the incident, the girl's father wrote on Facebook, "If we do not persist in trying to bring the guilty to justice, more and more daughters will suffer this hurt. Chandigarh police was pretty efficient and helpful. They intercepted the goons, were responsive to Varnika's distress calls, and were neutral in filing the complaint."
He stated how his family is going through "horrendous experience" and that it will take a long time for his daughter "to go back to a normal life."
"We are thankful that she survived this ordeal. The goons had a very clear intention of abducting her, and she escaped due to her courage and presence of mind, but it was a very close call, and her trauma is unimaginable. I suppose it will take her a long time to go back to a normal life," the post read.
"Our clear intention is to bring the culprits to book," said Virender Kundu, the father of the girl Varnika Kundu, on being asked the reason for writing the Facebook post.
Meanwhile, the BJP state unit is strongly defending Vikas.
"The girl should not have gone out at 12 in the night. Why was she driving so late in the night? The atmosphere is not right. We need to take care of ourselves." the state unit told a private news channel on Monday.
Both Vikas, an LLB student, and his friend Ashish were booked under section 354 D (stalking) of IPC and 185 of the Motor Vehicle Act (driving by a drunken person or by a person under the influence of drugs), the police said.
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